Birmingham Conservatoire is at the forefront of saxophone education. It hosted the 8th British Saxophone Congress, where artists as diverse as Gilad Atzmon and Arno Bornkamp shared the stage with the National Saxophone Choir at a gala concert.
More recently, it has enjoyed visits from Jean-Yves Formeau and Jacob ter Veldhuis. Alongside the numerous performing opportunities for motivated students, the Conservatoire’s specialist Jazz Department helps to add vibrancy to saxophone studies, as do collaborations with the Composition and Brass departments.
The Saxophone Department’s syllabus is broad-based and ideally suited to those performers wishing to pursue a freelance career. With this in mind, we put great emphasis on versatility and adaptability in performance. A firm technical grounding early on paves the way for the study of major French classical and contemporary works, as well as cross-over and jazz, with the chance to specialise in the latter stages of your study. Coaching is available for saxophone quartets and our Saxophone Ensemble, as well as the Conservatoire’s Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Jazz Big Band provide opportunities to perform in large ensembles.