Tour de Sax

A programme which will take the audience round the world, as well as
time-travelling from early music to the present, with both transcribed
music and pieces originally composed for saxophone.

DEBUSSY Claude (1862 – 1918) – Rapsody for alto saxophone and piano


VITALE Tomaso (1663 – 1745) – Chaconne in G minor arr. for sax and piano


RACHMANINOV Sergei (1873 – 1943) – Vocalise Op.34 No.14 arr. for alto saxophone and piano

GRIEG Edvard (1843 – 1907) – Violin Sonata No.1 Op.8 arr. for soprano saxophone and piano

Allegro con brio
Allegretto quasi andantino
Allegro molto vivace

ALBENIZ Isaac (1860 – 1909) –Suite Espanola Op. 47 arr. for sax and piano


PIAZZOLLA Astor (1921 – 1992) – Histoire du Tango arr. for soprano sax and piano

Bordel 1900
Café 1930
Nightclub 1960

GERSHWIN George (1898 – 1937) – Rhapsody in Blue arr. for soprano, alto and tenor saxophones and piano



Jonathan Radford - Saxophone

Praised for his “exceptional musicianship and emotive playing", saxophonist Jonathan Radford is the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition Gold Medalist and first prize winner. He is currently a Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist with Making Music (PDGYA) and a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme Artist.

Jonathan has given recitals at major venues in Europe including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Grieg Hall in Bergen, the Centre Pompidou and Philharmonie in Paris.He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the Slovenian Chamber Orchestra and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. A keen advocate of contemporary music he has premiered works by Luis Naón (co-commissioned by Radio France), Betsy Jolas (commissioned by the CNSM) and collaborated withIRCAM in Paris.

Highlights this season include recitals formusic societies and festivals throughout the UK and performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre), Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the Fields and St James’s Church Piccadilly.Jonathan continues to explore and commission new works for saxophone and mixed ensemble as part of his Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music.

Born in 1990, Jonathan studied at Chetham’s Schools of Music and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSM) with Claude Delangle, graduating in 2017 with Masters degrees in both saxophone and chamber music with distinction.He is currently completing his Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London with Kyle Horch where he is the Mills Williams Junior Fellow.

Passionate about chamber music, Jonathan is a co-founder of the Yendo Quartet. The Quartet is regularly broadcast by Radio France featuring on Generation Jeunes Interprète,Alla Breve and En Piste, they have recently released their first CD, Utópico. This summer they take part in festivals in Croatia, France and Spain.

Jonathan is grateful for support from the Mills Williams Foundation, the Royal Over-Seas League, the Hattori Foundation (Senior Soloist Award), the Musicians' Company (Maisie Lewis Young Artist) and Help Musicians UK (Ian Fleming Award). He is also a Vandoren Paris Artist.

KAOLI ONO piano accompanist
The highly gifted saxophonist on the prestigious Making Music AYCA scheme, is joined by the equally impressive pianist Kaoli Ono, who has just completed her repetiteur studies at the Paris Conservatoire, including studying for a year in Berlin.
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