• Sixth Annual Saxophone Day10th March 2019

  • Quirk Saxophone Quartet

  • Equinox Saxophone Ensemble

  • Yorkshire Saxophone Choir

University of Huddersfield Saxophone Day
Sunday 10th March 2019

University of Huddersfield
St. Paul’s Hall and
the Richard Steinitz Building (formally the Creative Arts Building)
Huddersfield HD1 3DH

Director: Sarah Markham

Sarah Markham

Special Guests:
Quirk Saxophone Quartet
Equinox Saxophone Ensemble
Yorkshire Saxophone Choir
Paul Turner - piano
Matthew McGuffie
- ABRSM examiner
Alistair Parnell - Aerophone
Alumni of the University of Huddersfield saxophone department

Exhibition by:
Yamaha, Vandoren, Selmer, D’Addario Woodwinds, Yanagisawa, Trevor James, Windstruments, Saxtet Publications, Forton Music, and the Royal Air Force.

A Celebration of the Saxophone Ensemble!
Now in its sixth year the University of Huddersfield Saxophone Day is moving to a Sunday. In 2019 we will celebrate the saxophone ensemble, from duo to orchestra.

Directed by Sarah Markham, the day will feature solo performances by Sarah Markham, Quirk Saxophone Quartet, Equinox Saxophone Ensemble, Yorkshire Saxophone Choir, and a mass saxophone orchestra formed on the day. There will be workshops, talks, and interactive events through the day.
Pianist Paul Turner will run a session on working with a pianist, and there will be a chance to be accompanied by him. ABRSM examiner Matthew McGuffie will give a talk on how to prepare for a music grade examination. There will be an Aerophone (Roland's digital wind instrument) demonstration by Alistair Parnell.

Ticket information here

10:00 am - 4:45 pm Exhibition 
Exhibition in the atrium of the Richard Steinitz Building
Try instruments and accessories, ask advice and browse saxophone music.


10:15 am - Welcome and opening Recital
Sarah Markham
with Paul Turner and Kenneth Wilkinson
Phipps Hall
Programme Details

Opening Recital

11:15 am - Huddersfield Saxophone Day Saxophone Orchestra
St. Paul’s Hall
A saxophone ensemble put together on the day. The pieces we play will form part of the concert at 5:00 pm.

12:30 pm - Concert
Equinox Saxophone Ensemble
Phipps Hall
Programme Details


1:45 pm - Concert
Yorkshire Saxophone Choir
St. Paul’s Hall
Programme Details

Yorkshire Saxophone Choir

Choice of Events:

2:30 - 3:15 Room G01
Chat with the trade
Richard Smedley (D'Addario Woodwinds) talks about reeds and mouthpieces.

2:30 - 3:15 Room G03
Chat with the trade
Erik Claeys (Selmer) talks about mouthpieces.

2:30 - 3:15 Room G05
Chat with the trade
Kerry Long (Vandoren) talks about choosing reeds and ligatures.

2:30 - 3:15 Room 114 (repeated at 3:45)
Working with an accompanist
Work through your music with pianist Paul Turner.

Paul Turner

2:30 - 3:15 Room G04 (repeated at 3:45)
Preparing for your music exam
Matthew McGuffie (ABRSM examiner) gives his insights and advice.

Matthew McGuffin

2:30 - 3:15 Phipps Hall (repeated at 3:45)
Aerophone demonstration
Alistair Parnell introduces Roland’s digital wind instrument.

Alistair Parnell

2:30 - 3:15 St. Paul's Hall
University of Huddersfield Saxophone Ensemble students and alumni.

3:45 - 4:30 St. Paul's Hall
Jazz Improvisation
Work with the Quirk saxophone quartet to learn a jazz based piece, allowing those who wish a chance to improvise. The piece we play will form part of the concert at 5:00 pm.

5:00 pm.
Closing Concert

St. Paul’s Hall
Director Sarah Markham
Saxophone Quartet
University of Huddersfield Saxophone Ensemble students and alumni
Huddersfield Saxophone Day Jazz Ensemble
Huddersfield Saxophone Day Saxophone Orchestra
Programme Details


Previous saxophone days:
2018 Richard Ingham (UK), Quirk Saxophone Quartet

2017 Claude Delangle (France), Quirk Saxophone Quartet

2016 Philippe Geiss (France), Quirk Saxophone Sextet

2015 Lynn Klock (USA)

Jérôme Laran (France), Equinox Saxophone Ensemble

  • Yamaha
  • Vandoren
  • Selmer
  • D'Addario
  • Yanagisawa
  • Trevor James
  • Roland
  • Saxtet
  • Forton Music
  • University of Huddersfield

Sarah Markham


Saxophonist Educator Conductor MentorSarah is a Yamaha and Vandoren performing artist.

Sarah Markham


Sarah Markham's teaching practice welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Focuses include preparing students for music college, and helping amateur musicians get the most from their playing. Sarah is a specialist in helping students with performance anxiety issues. Contact me.
Quirk Duo


The Quirk Duo is saxophonists Sarah Markham and Kenneth Wilkinson. Between them they have a performing career spanning sixty years, enjoying many genres including solo recitals, opera, orchestral, jazz, pop and chamber music. The Quirk Duo is a distillation of those experiences, an exploration of possibilities.
Quirk Saxophone Quartet


The Quirk Saxophone Quartet is made up of like-minded saxophonists:

Sarah Markham - soprano
Kenneth Wilkinson - alto
Chris Jolly - tenor
Sarah Hind - baritone