A World Premiere (with strings attached), and a return trip to Buxton

2017 has been a relatively busy year for the SSO.  We often only play one concert a year, but this year there have been two performances already.  We’ve also had a change of personnel, with Dorothea moving on to pastures new, and being replaced on baritone saxophone by Pauline, as well as a change of rehearsal venue.

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Last Wednesday was the date for our now-traditional annual trip to the Buxton Festival Fringe.  The traffic on the A6 out from Stockport was slower than ever, but the venue, the volunteer organisers and most importantly the audience more than made up for any frustrations in getting there.  (We got another nice review, too.)  Here’s our programme for the evening:-

  • The Lone Arranger Goes Sax Mad ~ arr. Phillip Nuttall / Nigel Wood
  • Clouds ~ Mike Dale
  • Singin’ in the Rain ~ Brown / Freed, arr. Don Ashton
  • Sheep May Safely Graze ~ J.S. Bach, arr. Alun Cook
  • Flower Duet ~ Delibes, arr. Nigel Wood
  • Black Coffee ~ Webster / Burke, arr. Mike Dale
  • Chatterbox ~ Pauline Gordon
  • Tomcat ~ Chattaway, arr. Don Ashton
  • Swingmatism ~ McShann, arr. Mike Dale
  • Cushion Foot Stomp ~ Williams, arr. David Webber
  • Marigold ~ Mayerl, arr. Gordon Robson
  • The Zonk Zone ~ John Halton
  • Forgotten Dreams ~ Anderson, arr. Helen Southall
  • Crucifixus ~ Lotti, arr. Chris Jolly
  • The Pearls ~ Morton, arr. David Webber
  • Sidewalk Blues ~ Morton, arr. David Webber
  • Masquerade ~ Khachaturian arr. Gordon Robson

There were a couple of premieres in our Buxton programme: this was a first public performance for both Clouds and our arrangement of Forgotten Dreams.  We gave a more unusual first performance in May though, at Helen’s 50th birthday party.  Two SSO members (Helen and David) are both also members of the Infernal Twangers ukulele group, and Helen decided that a joint performance by both groups was an essential part of her birthday celebrations.  David duly obliged with an arrangement of ‘It’s Tight Like That’ which is probably unique in its instrumentation (at least since the the song was written in the 1920s), and was definitely a lot of fun.  Now for a few weeks off, before we start planning our next campaign!

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Back to Buxton We Go!

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Buxton Bunting & Balloons [Photo by Ian J. Parkes]

Well I know it’s been a busy old year, but honestly, where does the time go……?  I hadn’t even got around to putting the programme for our concert at last year’s Buxton Fringe* up here, and already it’s time to tell everyone about the next one.

The Sovereign Saxophone Octet will be returning to our regular spot in the Buxton Methodist Church at 8 p.m. on Sunday 19th July, 2015.  Full address and ticket information is available via the Buxton Fringe 2015 website.  (Scroll down to July 19th to find us.)  We’ll be introducing lots of new tunes and arrangements this year, as well as a few old favourites, so put the date in your diary now.  We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

 


 

 

*The programme for the SSO concert at Buxton last year was:-

  • Engine No. 9 (Don Ashton)
  • St. Pauls Suite (Holst, arr. Halton)
  • The Lone Arranger Goes Sax Mad (arr. Buttall)
  • La Vie en Rose (Louiguy, arr. Dale)
  • Sidewalk Blues (Morton, arr. Webber)
  • The Chant (Stitzel, arr. Dale)
  • Waltz from Masquerade (Khachaturian, arr. Robson)
  • Canzon Primi Toni & Canzon Septimi Toni (Gabrieli, arr. Frankton)
  • Crucifixus (Lotti, arr. Jolly)
  • Puttin’ on the Ritz (Berlin, arr. Thorne)
  • Singing in the Rain (Freed, arr. Ashton)
  • I Got Plenty (Gershwin, arr. Ashton)
  • Take Five (Desmond)
  • Chug (Gordon)

More Pieces for Eight – Buxton 2012

SSO at Buxton Festival Fringe, 2012

The SSO returned to the Buxton Festival Fringe last Thursday evening, and once again a splendid time was had by all!  (As well as lots of smiling faces and applause on the night, we received a very complimentary review from the Fringe’s reviewer Andrew J Hodkinson.)

Big thanks are due to the hard-working and highly efficient people who organise the Fringe, and to the clergy and congregation at Buxton Methodist Church which is such a lovely venue to play in.  It helps so much to have venues and publicity organised so well!  If it’s possible, even bigger thanks go to all the friends and relatives who helped out at the concert with things like ticket and cd sales, and serving refreshments.   Thanks everyone!

The weather was pretty horrible on Thursday, so we were quite relieved to see a steady stream of audience members appearing from the rain-sodden street outside at concert time.   We had a great time time playing tunes old and new to friends old and new.  Looking forward to next year already – by which time we do intend to have a new cd available, hopefully including the Gabrielli double quartets which several audience members asked for.

More Pieces for Eight: Programme

African Waltz
 Galt MacDermot arr. Gordon Robson
Medley from ‘The Sound of Music’  Richard Rodgers arr. Don Ashton
Flower Duet
 Leo Delibes arr. Nigel Wood
Marigold
 Billy Mayerl arr. Gordon Robson
The Pearls
 Jelly Roll Morton arr. David Webber
Cushion Foot Stomp Clarence Williams arr. David Webber
Carnival Karen Street

*** Interval ***

Canzon Primi Toni Giovanni Gabrieli arr. Mike Frankton
Canzon Septimi Toni Giovanni Gabrieli arr. Mike Frankton
Crucifixus
 Antonio Lotti arr. Chris Jolly
Danse Bohemienne Claude Debussy arr. James Crockford
Tahiti Trot Dmitri Shostakovich arr. Gordon Robson
Swingmatism Jay McShann arr. Mike Dale
The Zonk Zone Jon Halton
Witch Hunt
 Ulrich Schultheiss arr. Nigel Wood
The Sheik of Araby Ted Snyder arr. David Webber