Andy Scott Manchester Saxophone Weekend, 18th / 19th February 2023

Hallé at St Michaels, 36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG
D'Addario Woodwinds

On 18th / 19th February 2023 – AB Workshops hosts a two day saxophone weekend, that is aimed equally at classical and jazz saxophonists, led by Andy Scott, assisted by  Andrew Blee. Sponsored by D’Addario Woodwinds. We welcome Lucy from D’Addario who will bring a selection of mouthpieces and accessories for participants to try out over the weekend.

“I’d like to thank all of you that have been a part of our Manchester Weekend over the past six years. Very quickly a sense of community and shared goals evolved, and the spirit of the weekend is one of intense learning, swapping ideas, lots of saxophone playing of course, and teamwork. It’s a lot of fun as well and a great opportunity to catch up with, make new friends and create music with like-minded saxophonists. Age and experience aren’t the important factors here, everyone is welcome, you simply need to be passionate about music!

AB Workshops have created an organisation that is both respected and imaginative. Between the two of us we ensure that you are comfortable musically and really enjoy our weekend together.

It was wonderful to see and work with everyone last February, and for this course we will be playing newly written and arranged material alongside a few old favourites! If you’re into your improvisation and jazz there will also be opportunities to play with a fantastic rhythm section!”

Andy Scott

Andy Scott Saxophone Weekend

Saxophonist-composer Andy Scott initiates creative projects and collaborations, writing to commission and performing worldwide. Embracing elements of jazz, funk, latin and classical music, notation and improvisation, Andy has created an individual musical voice.

Andy is a multi-nominated and British Composer Award winner, a founder member of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet (est.1985), Tutor of Saxophone & Visiting Tutor of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, equally at home free improvising with Duo partner percussionist Dave Hassell, to leading and writing for his Group S & performing and arranging for the Super Big Tramp Band/John Helliwell.

Dedicated to composing, performing, commissioning and recording new music Andy has recorded with Decca (Argo), Naxos, Basho, Chandos & NMC record labels, with works being premiered at Carnegie Hall NYC, the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall & Wigmore Hall, with an enviable catalogue of works that are published by Astute Music. Andy is an endorsee of Selmer Paris Saxophones & Vandoren.

2020 saw Andy launching three new CDs of his music; in collaboration with US Grammy-winner Tim McAllister, Portugese saxophone virtuoso João Pedro Silva and Supertramp sax star John Helliwell. With support from the PRS Foundation Andy released a film of his one-hour commission from Manchester Jazz Festival, Mancunity.

The weekend is set in the beautiful setting of the Hallé at St Michaels, a fantastic venue to spend time playing music.

The cost for the two days including tea, fresh filtered coffee and cold refreshments is £150. Questions? Then send them to us via our contact form and we’ll be happy to help!

Participant requirements:

As an approximate guideline; be able to play around Grade 4 standard. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 4 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better.
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand. Please also bring a music stand.
The cost of this workshop for two days is only £150.
Not provided, there are various options for eating near the venue. Hot/cold refreshments available for the breaks including freshly made filtered coffee.
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am – 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am – 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am – 1pm
Lunch: 1pm – 2pm
Session three: 2pm – 3pm
Afternoon break: 3pm – 3.30pm
Session four: 3.30pm – 4.30pm (4pm on Sunday)
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.