SaxDay in Kinoulton 2011(July 02, 2011)
SaxDay, Kinoulton 25th June 2011
"The best day of the week!"
More than thirty keen saxophonists of all ages gathered on Saturday 25th June for an action-packed SaxDay. Throughout the day, the musicians experienced the thrill of playing in groups, playing music in a range of styles from classical to rock, and learning about the saxophone. For many it was their first experience of playing in groups, and the concert at the end of the day was a chance to show just how much everyone had put into practice during the day.
There were some new sessions on offer, too. Pete Beaumont from Windblowers ran a workshop of mouthpieces and reeds, Nicola Pennill coached players on how to work with an accompanist, helped out ably on piano by Alison Bailey. Meanwhile, Alistair Parnell's introduction to improvisation was as popular as ever.
The day culminated with a concert which provided an opportunity for everyone to put into practice some of the new skills they had learned during the day, and included solos and a grand finale finish with massed saxophones.
"...really enjoyed the Saxday today - I thought it was excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and every time I ooked round the room it seemed as if the others were as well - lots of laughing and smiling and fun seemed to be had by all."
"Thanks for arranging a great sax day yesterday. My daughter really enjoyed it and now she won't stop playing her saxophone. She already wants to know if she can go to the next one!"
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Photos Andrew Pennill