Biography

Yorkshire Saxophone Choir was the first independent 12 piece saxophone ensemble in the UK and, to our knowledge, it remains the only group of that size and line-up not linked to a conservatoire or other educational institution. The group was formed in 2001 by Harrogate based instrumental tutors Debbie Scherer and Sarah Jobson. It comprises saxophonists from across the Yorkshire region and features saxophones of all sizes from sopranino to bass.

Yorkshire Saxophone Choir plays a wide range of music from Baroque to rock and just about everything in between, including classical, jazz, pop, contemporary and world music. The ensemble has commissioned a significant number of new works and arrangements for the 12 piece line-up, including most recently Excursions by Martin Ellerby and Phat Sax on Sunday by its lead alto player Matthew McGuffie. It enjoys good relationships with several composers and arrangers, and has performed new pieces by Don Ashton, Melanie Thorne and Philip Skelton.

With Sarah Markham as Music Director, Yorkshire Saxophone Choir is going from strength to strength. Its first CD Sax for Twelve was released in 2009, comprising a range of original pieces and arrangements for saxophone ensemble in 12 parts. The group celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011 with a new commission from Martin Ellerby and a gala concert featuring two world premieres and a UK premiere. The ensemble made its first appearance at the triennial World Saxophone Congress in St Andrew’s in 2012, and was again selected to perform at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg in July 2015 with an exciting programme of contemporary British music.

Yorkshire Saxophone Choir is available for concerts and events, so please get in touch via the Contact page if you are interested in making a booking.