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WAAPA presents Dark Rain featuring British Saxophone Superstar - Rob Buckland

Thursday, 17 August 2017


Described as “a hugely talented composer using his artistry to communicate fresh ideas through a traditional sound”, the music of acclaimed British composer Andy Scott is featured in a double concerto for saxophones and wind orchestra performed by world-renowned saxophonist Rob Buckland and one of Australia’s foremost exponents of cross-genre saxophone music, Matt Styles.

Rob Buckland is internationally acclaimed as one of the most distinctive and versatile Saxophonists of his generation. Appearing as concerto and recital soloist, with his Equivox Trio (with pianist Peter Lawson and percussionist Simone Rebello), and with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Rob performs throughout the UK, Europe and Japan.

He has commissioned and recorded music from many of today’s leading composers, featuring on his own solo CD (Towards the Light 1998), with the Equivox Trio (The Time is Now 2006), eight CDs with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet (of which he is a founder member), and a recording of commissioned concertos with the RNCM Wind Orchestra.

He regularly performs and records with such diverse ensembles such as the Michael Nyman Band, Halle Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Opera North and Northern Sinfonia. Rob also regularly works with Sax Assault (Andy Scott’s 12 piece Saxophone jazz funk group), the John Wilson Orchestra, Keith Nichol’s various early jazz projects, the Apitos Latin Big Band and his own jazz group, and can regularly be heard performing on Film and TV soundtracks. In recent years, Rob has been heard performing in concert with artists as diverse as Wayne Shorter, Ringo Starr, Kiri Te Kanawa, the BBC Big Band, and the Wombats, and was recently featured saxophone soloist with Elvis Costello’s new orchestral project, which will hopefully tour the USA and Europe in 2010.

Alongside his busy performing, recording and composing schedule, Rob is Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where, since 1997, along with Andy Scott, he has established the UK’s largest and most active Saxophone programme. He was awarded Fellowship of the RNCM in 2008, in recognition of his work with the RNCM saxophone Department, the saxophone in general, and pioneering new music performance. In addition to his teaching commitments, he has conducted the RNCM Saxophone Orchestra in concerts in Berlin, (at the first European Saxophone Orchestras Convention), British Saxophone Congress in Cardiff, and at venues throughout the UK.

Who better to urge on these soloists than WAAPA’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble? Expect to be thrilled by the unpredictable, captivated by the sounds and colours of new music, and transported into the stratosphere by the combined power of wind and brass.

WAAPA wishes to thank our International Travel Partner, Emirates, for providing flights for international guest artist Rob Buckland.

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Dark Rain performance web page.


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