The Sarah Markham Saxophone Award.Awarded each year to an outstanding student.

The 2019 recipient of the Sarah Markham Saxophone Award is Rianna Henriques. Rianna has been studying with me at the Royal College of Music Junior Department since 2015. From September Rianna enters the senior department of the Royal College of Music as a BAME scholar, studying saxophone and flute as joint first study. She receives a cash award from me, saxophone reeds from Vandoren, a voucher from the Yamaha London shop, and a piece of solo saxophone music from Saxtet Publications.

The Ralph Markham Achievement Award.Awarded to a student in recognition of their personal achievements and development.

The 2019 recipient of the Ralph Markham Achievement Award is Megan Broadley. Megan attends the University of Huddersfield studying flute, also taking saxophone lessons with me. Megan has earned this achievement award in recognition of her independent study, consistent work and huge improvements to her saxophone playing in a relatively short period of time. She receives a cash award from me, saxophone reeds from Vandoren, a voucher from the Yamaha London shop, and a piece of solo saxophone music from Saxtet Publications.

Many thanks to Vandoren, Yamaha and Saxtet Publications for their support.

Previous winners of the Markham Awards:

2018 Sarah Markham Award: Konstantinos Raptis (Leeds College of Music). Konstantinos completed his Masters in Music (Creative Musician) at Leeds College of Music, having previously studied as an undergraduate with me at the University of Hull.

2018 Ralph Markham Award: Pui Ying Sze (University of Sheffield). Pui Ying completed her Masters in Music Performance at the University of Sheffield. She went on to study with Gerard McChrystal at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London).

2017 Sarah Markham Award: Felicity Evans-Waite (University of Durham). Felicity completed her degree with a First in both her double recital and contemporary performance modules.

2016 Sarah Markham Award: Kenneth Wilkinson (University of Huddersfield). Kenneth has completed a Masters in Research (Performance) at the University of Huddersfield. He is also a founder member of the saxophone ensemble Quirk.

2015 Sarah Markham Award: Lucy Fox (Leeds College of Music). Lucy has completed a Masters at Birmingham Conservatoire, where she studied with Naomi Sullivan.

2014 Sarah Markham Award: Matthew Rawlins (Leeds College of Music). Matt went on to study with Raaf Hekkema at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague.
2014 Sarah Markham Award: Savannah Brown (Royal College of Music Junior Department). Savannah has completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music as a first study violinist, and is now studying in the USA.

2013 Sarah Markham Award: Nathan Hull (Leeds College of Music). Nathan went on to study with Rob Buckland at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Sarah Markham


Saxophonist Educator Conductor MentorSarah is a Yamaha and Vandoren performing artist.

Sarah Markham


Sarah Markham's teaching practice welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Focuses include preparing students for music college, and helping amateur musicians get the most from their playing. Sarah is a specialist in helping students with performance anxiety issues.
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Quirk Duo


The Quirk Duo is saxophonists Sarah Markham and Kenneth Wilkinson. Between them they have a performing career spanning sixty years, enjoying many genres including solo recitals, opera, orchestral, jazz, pop and chamber music. The Quirk Duo is a distillation of those experiences, an exploration of possibilities.
Quirk Saxophone Quartet


The Quirk Saxophone Quartet is made up of like-minded saxophonists:

Sarah Markham - soprano
Kenneth Wilkinson - alto
Chris Jolly - tenor
Sarah Hind - baritone