Ferio Saxophone Quartet & Timothy End

 ...only the glummest of historically informed pedants could object to hearing Purcell, Byrd or Handel played by a group as good as this.  Gramophone, Richard Bratby, CD Review, Revive
The programme:
Purcell (arr. Iain Farrington) – Rondeau from Abdelazer Suite, Z. 570
Bach (arr. Iain Farrington) – Air from Suite no.3 in D major, BWV 1068
Fugue in G minor, BWV 578
Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Shostakovich (arr. Iain Farrington) – Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2
Pedro Iturralde – Memorias

As one of the leading British saxophone quartets among the new generation of artists, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet consistently receives a highly enthusiastic reception from audiences and critics alike.

In 2015 Ferio made their debut at the Purcell Room, as winners of The Philharmonia/Martin Musical Ensemble Award and during the same year were winners of the Royal Over-Seas League’s Ensemble Competition. They received the Tunnell Trust Award in 2014/15 and were Park Lane Group Artists for the 2016 season. The ensemble was a St. John’s Smith Square Young Artist 2016-2017; during the course of the year the scheme involved the quartet in a number of projects focusing on marketing, commissioning and outreach work in addition to a series of concerts.

The ensemble has performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Conway Hall, Cambridge Summer Festival, Three Choirs Festival and has given concert tours in Scotland and the Channel Islands. Recent engagements also include Bermuda, Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton, Newbury, Machynlleth, North Norfolk and Petworth Festivals and Wigmore Hall. In November 2017 the quartet travelled to New Zealand giving concerts organised by the Royal Over-Seas League.

Commissioning new music is an important strand of Ferio’s work. As Park Lane Group Artists, they gave the world première of the Ludovico Technique by Laura Bowler, which they subsequently performed at Wigmore Hall. They also work closely with composer Guillermo Lago and commissioned him to write a new work for the quartet. The resulting composition, inspired by three of William Wordsworth’s poems, received its première performance at St. John’s Smith Square, London, in April 2017. In May 2017 they gave the first performance of Close Shave by Simon Rowland-Jones, which was commissioned by the St. John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ Scheme.

Ferio signed with Chandos Records in February 2017 and their debut commercial CD, Flux, went on general release in July 2017. The quartet launched their latest album for Chandos, Revive – a set of Baroque transcriptions – at ‘Rhinegold Live’ on 13th November 2018.

Since 2017 the quartet has also been performing in collaboration with pianist Timothy End, commissioning special arrangements for this combination.

Ferio Saxophone Quartet is:
Huw Wiggin (soprano), Ellie McMurray (alto), José Bañuls (tenor) and Shevaughan Beere (baritone); however, due to Shevaughan being indisposed, the others will be joined by Katie Samways for our concert.

Timothy End

Timothy is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Before joining the Academy he had graduated with a first class honours degree in Music from King’s College, London.

At the Academy he studied with Julius Drake and held the Shinn Fellowship.

He was awarded both the Pianist Prize and Jean Meikle Duo Prize with the baritone Jonathan McGovern at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition. Further prizes include the Accompanists’ Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, the Parnell Award at the ROSL Music Competition, the Gerald Moore Award and the MBF Accompanist prize at the Ferrier Competition.

As a Samling Scholar, Timothy has performed at the Wigmore Hall and The Sage, Gateshead. Past engagements have taken him to the Edinburgh Fringe, Washington and New York with the trumpeter Alison Balsom, Singapore with Size Zero Opera and the Mozart Konzerthaus in Vienna.He also performed with the sopranos Miceala Oeste and Angel Blue at the inaugural Domingo Festival in Seville.

Timothy was a member of Alchemy with the saxophonist Sam Corkin and they performed regularly on the Live Music Now scheme. He was also a member of the Park Lane Young Artists Group, performing with the trumpeter Huw Morgan at the Purcell Room.

Timothy has given solo recitals at Church Stretton Festival, Fressingfield Festival and for Newport Music Society. He returned to the Presteigne Festival last year performing with the mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afowny-Jones and violist Rachel Roberts.

 Playing is of the highest level throughout.  Classical Music Magazine, CD Review, Flux

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