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  • Date and time: Thursday 6 June 2024, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    St Helen's Church, St Helen's Square (Map)
  • Admission: Free, but a retiring collection will be taken, booking not required

Event details

The saxophone is most commonly associated with jazz, blues and pop, but York-based Sax Forte demonstrates just how well the instrument sits with a far wider range of music, including classical and baroque. In this return visit to St Helen’s Church they aim to show the range, versatility, sensitivity and beauty of the instrument in a delightful programme of music all beautifully arranged for their four saxophones.   

As part of the event, Sax Forte will include a short history of the saxophone and a demonstration of the four different pitched instruments.

About the performers

Sax Forte comprises Chris Hayes (Soprano Sax), Keith Schooling (Alto Sax), Jane Parkin (Baritone Sax) and David Badcock (Tenor Sax).

The quartet was formed in York in 2016, with all four members having extensive experience with other quartets, bands and orchestras.  Initially the focus was on 20th-century jazz and swing numbers that are familiar to all saxophone quartets, but as each member shared their different musical influences, a wider variety of music was introduced, and it became very apparent that a lot of choral and baroque music is extremely well suited to a sax quartet.  Chris and David are both experienced arrangers as well as expert players. While the quartet still present programmes of jazz arrangements when requested, the majority of their programmes are primarily classical in style, but with pieces frequently ranging over 4oo years.


St Helen Stonegate

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop