Huw Wiggin (saxophone) & Tim Abel (piano)
Winner of the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Gold Medal 2014, saxophonist Huw Wiggin makes his SCS debut with pianist James Sherlock. ‘Liquid gold tones and enviable breath control’ The Times
Promoted in conjunction with the Royal Over-Seas League.
- 5:00pm Pre-concert Early Bird meal at La Casa Mia (not included in the ticket)
Why not make an evening of it and book your pre-concert dinner at La Casa Mia who are kindly helping to sponsor the concert series
- 6:30pm Doors open
- 7:00: Spotlight Concert
Music performed by talented young people from Sandbach
- 7:30 Intermission
- 8:00 Main Concert
Fugata, Oblivion and Libertango by Astor Piazzolla arr. Brinsford
Aria by Eugene Bozza
Gate by Graham Fitkin
Liebestraum no. 3 by Franz Liszt (solo piano)
Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice
I Farandoulo di chatouno
II Cansoun per ma mio
III La boumiano
IV Dis alyscamps l'amo souspire
V Lou Cabridan
Three Letter Word by Andy Scott
Commonwealth Musician of the Year, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin is one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation. Highlights of 2015 include the commissioning of a Saxophone concerto, appearances at Brighton, Newbury and Ripon festivals, a return visit to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the release of a concerto CD.
Huw studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Andrew Wilson and Rob Buckland. On graduating in 2008 with a 1st Class honours degree he won a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) to continue his studies with Daniel Gauthier at the Hochschule für Musik, Cologne. In 2012 he graduated from the Royal College of Music, studying with Kyle Horch and gaining a Master's Degree with Distinction.
Other prizes and awards include: a ‘Star Award’ from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, a Music Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Philip & Dorothy Green Award, and a Martin Musical Scholarship. Whilst at the RCM he won the Concerto Prize, which led to a performance of Paule Maurice’s Tableaux de Provence.
In 2012 Huw was selected as a Park Lane Group Artist. He was praised for his ‘liquid gold tones and enviable breath control’ by The Times and premiered a new work Three Letter Word by Andy Scott. He has appeared at festivals and music societies throughout the UK and in major concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall and a performance of Milhaud’s Scaramouche at the Henley Festival. In July 2012 Huw was invited to perform recitals and a concerto performance of Eric Coates’s Saxo Rhapsody at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
Huw is professor of saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has given masterclasses at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge in Canada.
Huw is leader of the Ferio Saxophone Quartet and regularly performs with them in the UK and abroad.
Tim Abel – Piano
Tim Abel grew up in Retford, Nottinghamshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2003-2008 under the tuition of Dina Parakhina. As a student he performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall, won the RNCM John Ireland prize and following a solo recital in Nottingham was awarded the Gwendolyn Reiche Scholarship for postgraduate study.
From 2008-2010 Tim was Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the RNCM, and has performed at many venues throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room and Bridgewater Hall. In recent years he has been a performing artist for the Park Lane Group and Countess of Munster recital schemes, and he has also travelled to Cape Town to be an official accompanist for the International Viola Congress. From 2010-12 Tim was a resident pianist onboard the Queen Mary 2, and since then has made numerous appearances on cruise ships worldwide – most recently for the maiden voyage of P&O's flagship 'Britannia'.