This month's feature is on Trinity Saxes the student ensemble from the Trinity College of Music, London, established by the eminent soloist and teacher, Gerard McChrystal.
On Friday 30th March 2001, Trinity Saxes joined with saxophonists from the Welsh College of Music and Drama to premiere the ensemble version of Ulrich Schultheiss's Witch Hunt, published this month by Saxtet Publications. This free lunchtime concert at Regent's Hall, Oxford Street, London also featured works by Andrew Gould, Andy Scott (of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet), and Nigel Wood's arrangement for quartet of Gershwin's American in Paris. They also performed his Where Spirits & Demons Dance which was commissioned by the National Youth Wind Orchestra, for their section, Saxophonia.
Trinity Saxes was established by Gerard McChrystal in 1999 and since then has given concerts in many venues including the Millennium Dome and The Wigmore Hall and was the only music college represented at the last British Saxophone Conference held in The Royal College of Music in November 2000. It is now one of Trinity College's flagship ensembles, and their commitment to commissioning and arranging new repertoire is reflected in their concert programmes.
Gerard, who is a Professor of Saxophone at Trinity, is keen to foster the awesome potential of the saxophone ensemble and hopes this will help the College to achieve international recognition as a centre of excellence for the saxophone. To promote Trinity Saxes, he will be visiting the USA in autumn to teach and perform at colleges there. Trinity College's £14m relocation to the World Heritage site at the old Royal Naval College at Greenwich will also provide new opportunities for the ensemble to perform in the highly prestigious environment of a Restoration Palace built by Wren and Hawksmoor.
In addition to his Professorship at Trinity College of Music, Gerard runs the saxophone department at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and is involved in a variety of other educational projects. Details of these, plus information on his performing and recording career will be featured on a future news page here, but meanwhile, check out his details on the Trinity website.