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A Deeper Shade of Sax


Charlotte BeattieSoprano Saxophone

Charlotte was born in Nottingham and moved to Suffolk at the age of 10. She began learning the saxophone a year later with Suffolk County Music Services and has been involved with the organisation ever since. Charlotte accepted a place at the Institute and left her position as the band captain for the Suffolk Youth Wind Band. She now studies saxophone with Jeffery Wilson and is part of numerous ensembles including local jazz bands ‘Swing Street’ and ‘Horn Factory,’ whom she gigs with on a regular basis.

Benjamin HillAlto Saxophone

Ben started to play the saxophone at school from the age of 11 and went on to join the local music centre at 14 playing in various ensembles. He has performed in the Royal Festival Hall with the Hillingdon Youth Saxophone Group and has played in many concerts with Hillingdon Jazz orchestra. A first year student at Colchester Institute studying a BA in music, he is involved in many ensembles and performs with local Ska and Punk bands in the area. Nicole Rushforth Tenor Saxophone

Nicole started playing saxophone at the age of 11. Whilst at school she played in local orchestras and smaller ensembles. She now studies at Colchester Institute, studying saxophone with Jeffery Wilson and is gaining knowledge of many styles of music for the instrument. She is a member of many ensembles at the Institute, including some on her second study instrument the clarinet. Nicole performs regularly in the Essex area with funk bands The Slicknotes and The Undercovers.  This year Nicole performed in the Colchester Institute solo woodwind competition and was highly commended for her performance. She is going into her final this September and will be majoring in performance.

Luke MitchellBaritone Saxophone

Luke is relatively new to the saxophone, having only taken it up for this ensemble. He is a study clarinettist and singer, having studied these for the past nine years. Under the tuition of Charles Hine, Luke has won both the solo woodwind and concerto competitions at the Institute, adjudicated by Antony Bailey. His enthusiasm for the ensemble inspired him to compose two pieces for it, one entitled ‘Reigns of Sorrow,’ which won first prize in the composers’ competition judged by Vincent Lindsey Clark. He has a love for The Netherlands and is auditioning to study over there next year.

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