The SXP-sponsored National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain presented their show, "Sax in the City" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with a run of ten shows during the first week of the festival. The NSC attracted increasing audience numbers, and their final show was played to a full house at the 300-capacity Reid Hall.
A surprise word-of-mouth hit, by the day of the final show it had reached number one in the new audience text vote system published daily by The Scotsman. The forty versatile, cool-blowin’ players wowed audiences with their lunchtime classical show with Spanish and Celtic touches, while the wilder and more exotic evening show travelled from Bach to Bolero via rhapsody, romance and reels.
One of the NSC's special guests, Keiron Anderson, conducted the premiere of his exciting Harlequin Dances plus selected other numbers, freeing up conductor/director Nigel Wood to have a tootle on his titchy Soprillo – the world's tiniest sax, and the only one in the UK.
The big blowers (tenors, baritones, bass and massive Tubax) also got a look-in with another premiere, Nigel’s mellow and reflective Orphanata.
Edinburgh based Susan McKenzie joined the NSC for the spectacular soprano solo in Nigel's Under the Veil in addition to two young sax quartets - London-based Quadrophonia and Sax-Ecosse, from Glasgow - who had special slots in the lunchtime concert.
With the full eight-sax family featured in such high-energy shows, it was an unforgettable experience!
If you missed us in Edinburgh, you can now experience the NSC's Sax in the City show by ordering their new CD from the NSC online store.
If you're Grade 8 or above and you like the sound of challenging and fun events like this, check out the NSC's website for more information on membership and auditions.