learning the Saxophone
Bio: The saxophone is one of the newest orchestral instruments, developed in 1846 by Mr Adolphe Sax. It is made of brass and is popular in jazz and military bands.
The sound is produced by using a single-reed (bamboo) mouthpiece and blowing, causing vibrations in the instrument.
Saxophone Lessons: We teach from 10 years and up
Saxophone Purchase price: From £300 to £3,000
Saxophone Rental price: From £17 per month
Saxophone in performance
Dimitris Spouras was born in 1989 in Thessaloniki. He started his musical studies (1994) in the State Conservatory in Stavroupoli – Thessaloniki in the class of recorder under F. Terzis and then in the class of clarinet under the same teacher. He graduated in 2010 with the diploma in clarinet with great distinction and praise excellent performance. He studied harmony, counterpoint and fugue in the same conservatory under P. Bekiaridis and O. Solomonidou. He is a graduate of the music school in Thessaloniki and the ‘University of Macedonia – Thessaloniki’ in the department ‘Musical Science and Arts’ (2012 Bachelor of music) with the specialization clarinet – soloist under M. Mumulides and M. Ploumidis. Last year graduated from Royal Flemish conservatory in Antwerp (clarinet) under I. Lybeert and R. Dils and from orchestra conducting course at the same university under I. Venkov. He is continuing his studies in the Royal conservatory of Brussels (conducting) under B. Bouckaert and in Guildhall School of Music and Drama for postgraduate in clarinet (Orchestra Artistry Diploma – collaboration with London Symphony Orchestra) under professors Andrew Marriner, Nic Carpenter and Joy Farrall.
He has attended master classes with P. Radev, S. Mourikis, T. Sotiriadis and Zeretzke.
In 2014 he won the first prize and the special prize in the ‘First Hellenic Orchestra Conducting Competition with the State Orchestra of Thessalonki’. In 2005 he won the first prize in the Greek music schools competition. In 2006 he was chosen, after auditioning for a stage with the state orchestra of Thessaloniki and some months later he was chosen as the second clarinet in the Youth State Orchestra of Thessaloniki.
He has played as member of the orchestra in famous halls around Europe under the direction of S. Gordon, R. Long, K. Papazoglou, K. Trikolidis, T. Symeondis, G. Hadjinikos, M. Makraki and I. Venkov.
Since last year he is artistic director and chief conductor of the new ensemble Antwerpen Camerata and he has conducted the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the State Orchestra of Athens and the Russe Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.
Born in Agrigento (Italy) on the 15th of June, 1991, Marco Marotta is professional freelance saxophone player (tenor, soprano and alto saxophone) and composer. He has a wide experience as performer. He is used to play different genres without boundaries: jazz, blues, funk, pop, ambient, free improvvisation, fusion, ambient, electronic music, soul, musical. In 2007 he opened a concert of Biagio Antonacci, famous italian singer, in Palermo (Italy), with a support band. He obtained his Jazz bachelor degree at the conservatory "Vincenzo Bellini" of Palermo (italy), in february 2014, by the highest score: 110 cum laude with distinction. In Italy he attended important summer clinics: Umbria Jazz (2009, 2011, 2012), Piazza Jazz (2012), Summer Jazz in Trabia (2013), taking part to several masterclasses with musicians as Dino Govoni, Danilo Rea, Emanuele Cisi, Francesco Cafiso, Max Ionata, Seamus Blake, Jerry Weldon, Marco Tamburini and Steve Grossman. In july 2013 he played with band led by the drummer Mimmo Cafiero at the international festival of " Langnau Jazz Nights " in Switzerland. He moved to London in september 2015, where he achieved his jazz master degree at Guildhall school of music and drama in 2016. He studied there with musicians as Malcolm Edmonstone, Iain Ballamy, Stan Sulzmann, Jean Toussaint, Scott Stromann. Since he moved to London he has played in venues as the Barbican Centre free stage (featuring free jazz musicians as Marshall Allen and Henry Grimes), the Rich Mix (where he performed for the London Jazz festival with the project "Impossibilities", led by Paul Griffith), Victoria and Albert museum, Milton Court
Multi-talented teacher and musician, committed to providing a solid education in music appreciation through adapting to pupils needs and capture their interest and imagination. She has over 6 years of professional music-related experience, 4 of which have included private teaching which have run alongside her academic studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She feels confident that her enthusiastic approach and skills would inspire and support the next generation of young musicians to learn and develop.
At the end of this academic year, she will acquire a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance of the Saxophone. In addition hse has the necessary qualifications in clarinet, flute and piano, for which she has given lessons privately.
Alongside her degree, Bethany has received extra tuition in teaching, which has included going into schools in and around London and putting on group/class lessons which involved rhythmic games with percussion instruments, singing and clapping, and introducing the different instruments that she can play.
Being a multi-instrumentalist, she is a versatile individual and through her experience of teaching and performing, she can adapt to any situation. A meticulous planner of lessons, she ensures that everything is covered comprehensively allowing pupils the opportunity to perform confidently and progress to exams in a friendly environment.
From a family of musicians, Stephanie Legg has recently completed her undergraduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying with Gerard McChrystal and Mick Foster. Stephanie is enthusiastically working towards a career in solo/ensemble performance and also composition, having had the privilege of performing with musicians such as Tim Garland, Simone Robello, The Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra and contemporary composer Bill Connor. She has also performed in masterclasses with saxophonists such as Vincent David, Antonio Canovas, James Houlik, saxofonquadrat and most recently, Mario Marzi.
As a soloist, Stephanie has performed in venues such as The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and Waltham Abbey. As part of the British saxophone congress 2011, Stephanie was a soloist in performances of the Philip Glass concerto for saxophone quartet and symphony orchestra.
As a pianist, Stephanie regularly plays and accompanies instrumentalists for charity concerts in the North East of England and around London. Stephanie is very comfortable teaching piano and keyboard to students from very young ages as well as teaching adults.
Stephanie teaches piano for a number of different music agencies across London.
Harry is a professionally trained self-employed musician. He recently graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance (saxophone). In addition to his saxophone playing, Harry also has a strong knowledge of flute, clarinet and the piano. Harry has performed in many musical environments from Jazz to Classical and beyond. He has experience teaching both large groups and one-to-one. His dynamic lessons have proved to be both insightful and motivating.
Daniel is a Spanish clarinettist and saxophonist currently studying the musical instrument repair trade at South Thames College in London. He read his Bachelor’s degree with honours in clarinet, symphony orchestra and chamber music and obtained the first prize to perform the Aaron Copland’s clarinet concert with the orchestra at Higher School of Music in Seville (Spain). In addition, he took part in several master-classes and training courses all around the world with clarinettists such as Andreas Sundén, Nicholas Cox, Radovan Cavallin, César Martín, Hedwig Swimberghe, Ramón Barona, Dimitry Ashkenazy, J.E. Lluna, Josep Fuster, Justo Sanz, Piotr Szymyslic or José Luís Estellés. Daniel has also performed with several music groups such as clarinet quartets, wind quintets, wind ensembles, symphonic concert bands of music or youth and professional symphony orchestras. He has had special opportunities to work with the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville (ROSS) and the Ciudad de Granada Orchestra (OCG) performing with well-known musicians such as the opera singer Plácido Domingo and guest conductors from all over the world. Furthermore, since his relocated to London, Daniel has performed with British orchestras such as the University of London Symphony Orchestra (ULSO). Daniel has worked as a private music teacher, and always adapts his lessons to students’ needs and levels in order to help them to achieve their goals.