The Guildhall School presents John Harle: A Celebration of the Saxophone as part of the Faculty Artist Series
This concert showcases the new works friends and colleagues of the recently appointed Visiting Professor of Saxophone John Harle have written for his 60th birthday.
Friday 17 March, 7:30pm, Milton Court Concert Hall
John Harle saxophone
Steve Lodder piano
Chris Clad violin
Programme to include:
Steve Lodder Cranbourne Chase (London premiere)
Graham Fitkin Wiring (London premiere)
Gavin Bryars Harlesden (London premiere)
Sally Beamish Jonny's Burlesque (London premiere)
John Harle Arcadia (London premiere)
Oliver Christophe Leith Little Boy Fat Man (London premiere)
Duke Ellington Star Crossed Lovers
Anon (Robertsbridge Codex) Arr. Steve Lodder Retrové-Estampie (London premiere)
Carl Davis Charlie's Flea Circus (London premiere)
Duke Ellington Sultry Sunset
Phil Woods Sonata
As part of the Faculty Artist Series, the Guildhall School presents John Harle: A Celebration of the Saxophone on Friday 17 March. The recently appointed Visiting Professor of Saxophone has always been the catalyst for new repertoire and this concert showcases the new works Harle’s friends and colleagues have written for his 60th birthday. Indeed, the programme includes no less than 8 London premieres: Steve Lodder’s Cranbourne Chase; Graham Fitkin’s Wiring; Gavin Bryars’ Harlesden; Sally Beamish’s Jonny’s Burlesque; John Harles’s Arcadia; and Oliver Christophe Leith’s Little Boy Fat Man.
Coinciding with the release of his new book, The Saxophone (Faber Music), this is a unique opportunity to hear music by some of the most influential composers of today in a single programme, performed by a master musician.
John Harle is an Ivor Novello Award-winning saxophonist, composer and record producer. Harle’s saxophone playing established a worldwide enthusiasm for the saxophone as a concert-hall instrument and he gained immediate public acclaim with his Saxophone Concertos album on EMI Classics which is seen as the definitive recording of the major classical works. His playing has been the catalyst for an outpouring of new concertos for the saxophone by composers including Michael Nyman, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Sir John Tavener, Sally Beamish and Gavin Bryars.
He has performed with countless orchestras and conductors worldwide and has sold over half a million CDs in the classical field alone. He is the composer of two operas, many concert works and over 100 film and television scores, including the theme to BBC1's Silent Witness, and the epic 14-hour score to Simon Schama’s A History of Britain. In 1984 he won the Amcon Award of The American Concert Artists Guild. He is also the recipient of two Royal Television Society awards for ‘Best Soundtrack’, and has been awarded four BBC Proms commissions.
Harle is a frequent lecturer in masterclasses at major conservatoires and schools in the UK and overseas, including Sydney Conservatoire, New World Symphony Academy (Miami), Tokyo College of Music, Calcutta School of Music, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Rotterdams Conseervatorium.
£15 (£10 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891.