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A Reassurance of Saxophones

I have no idea what the collective noun for a group of saxophonists might be. Had I been blessed with a definition before the 24th of April I would surely have been mistaken because the concert for Sarah Markham\'s birthday showed the finest elements of the \"sax community\" in both musical terms and personal terms.

Sarah is not only respected and admired within the world of sax players but clearly loved as well. This was clear from the reaction to her sublime playing in the Ibert concerto, accompanied not only by the YSC but a sympathetically crying baby. She sings and communicates through the instrument with a control and a lyricism which is spellbinding to behold.

The Rachel Stott commission for 107 saxophones should have been a nightmare. In reality it was easy to conduct because of the high level of preparation which the 9 soloists showed and the degree of attention and discipline shown by the tutti players.

As the one and only non-sax player in the building I need to comment on the high standard of all the performances, the amazing commitment shown by all of the players, the terrific organisation and most of all, the genuine sense of community that shaped the atmosphere of the evening. In a way that sense of community should have made me, as an outsider feel part of it all. Perhaps it\'s strength was what might have amplified my alienation.

I left the building with a strong feeling that the world of saxophone playing was doing very very well-thank you very much and that I may have made a tiny contribution to that end.

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