Sax like you’ve never heard before

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Scottish saxaphone quartet Sax Ecosse will shake up Music in Peebles on Tuesday April 1 at 7.30 pm, in Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre.

Music in Peebles’s president John Fox writes: “The saxophone – you only ever hear that playing jazz, right? Wrong! Discover another side to this versatile instrument in the company of Sax Ecosse.

“Invented in 1840 by an elusive Belgian Adolphe Sax, the saxophone arrived too late for composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, but by the end of the 19th century, composers in the ‘classical’ tradition were starting to write for it.

“Debussy was among the earliest ‘mainstream’ composers to adopt it, writing his ‘Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra’ in 1901. Many more have followed, with composers as diverse as Ravel, Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams, Bartok and Puccini including it in orchestral scores.”

Sax Ecosse is a composed of the standard format for a saxophone quartet, consisting of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, played by Karen Dufour, Jay Capperauld, Gillian Skingley and Lynsey Payne. The night’s playlist includes Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, written for organ, and Grieg’s ‘Holberg Suite’, originally written for piano.

Sax Ecosse have a busy schedule of school workshops while in Peebles, taking them into five schools over three days (Peebles High School and Priorsford, Kingsland, Halyrude Primaries, and West Linton).

Tickets are available at £13 (£6 if accompanying a child under 12) from the Eastgate. Entry is free for all school students and Music in Peebles members.