NYWO Saxophone Course
The NYWO Saxophone Courses are intensive, fun, energetic courses designed for saxophonists aged 14-21 of Grade 8 standard and above. NYWO invites both individual saxophone players and preformed saxophone groups to attend the NYWO Saxophone Courses.
The 5-day residential courses consist of ensemble playing, coaching, technique classes and performance workshops, leading to a concert on the final day. You will have the chance to play a huge range of saxophone quartet/ensemble repertoire and perform in groups of various sizes.
Participants are inspired by the tutoring and the high quality of music making with like-minded people in a relaxed and fun environment. Many NYWO Saxophone Course members study (or aim to study) saxophone at conservatoire or university.
Neil studied saxophone at the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music with Rob Buckland. During this time he won awards from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Hattori Foundation and was a semi-finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician competition.
Neil has performed with ensembles across the UK, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Apollo Saxophone Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Sax Assault. He specialises in chamber music and has performed with various groups in concerts and festivals around Europe. He also works extensively in London’s West End. Shows include: A Chorus Line, Shrek the Musical, Miss Saigon, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Billy Elliot.
Neil is currently Head of Woodwind at Dame Alice Owen’s School. In addition to NYWO, he is a tutor for Benslow Music and adjudicates for the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival. Neil has taught or given classes at many institutions including: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, The University of Manchester, Westminster School, Haileybury, Highgate School and Ampleforth College.
NYWO Saxophone Course Testimonials
Being able to sit within and play chamber music to an extremely high
standard in an ensemble of musically enthusiastic friends and tutors was an
invaluable experience and an enormous amount of fun!
The skills I learnt through the focus course (teamwork, listening and
general broadening of musical understanding) are a constant help to me at
conservatoire and university and will benefit me through the next stages of
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