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Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

An Unincorporated Association

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Alexander Rosenblatt, George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge), Michael Soumei Coxall, Kazue Yanagida

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Kazue Yanagida

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GODFREY KING (Director) AJSW REPRESENTATIVE IN UK

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River City Saxes

Tue Apr 5th 2011, 5:15–6:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR

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River City Saxes: From left to right: Bob Lowdell (soprano saxophone), Kara Settle (alto saxophone), Sally Blouet (tenor saxophone), Chris Hooker (baritone saxophone)

River City Saxes is a saxophone quartet that plays music for all tastes ranging from classical and contemporary works to light music and jazz.

Formed in October 2008, the quartet has fulfilled many engagements across London and Surrey, and is currently presenting a series of lunchtime recitals in London churches.

The players are experienced musicians from diverse backgrounds and all perform regularly in other ensembles and bands.

After studying Clarinet and Saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music, Bob Lowdell worked professionally playing Clarinet and Saxophone in theatre pit orchestras up and down the country. He has worked with people such as Ken Dodd, the Walker Brothers, Billy Fury, Val Doonican and many more. Bob took a second career as a music copyist, and over the years has turned out a huge number of scores for both TV and film.

Kara Settle studied music at the University of Surrey where she majored in performance on the clarinet as well as playing in the university’s orchestra and traditional jazz band. After completing her degree Kara trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant and now works for a large law firm. Based in south London, Kara plays saxophone and clarinet in various music groups including the BBC Elstree Concert Band, Croydon Symphonic Band and the City of London Symphonic Winds.

Sally Blouet comes from a diverse creative background. She has a BA (hons) Degree in Music & Dance, a Diploma in Acting, together with Graphic and Web Design qualifications, and has worked professionally as an actor/musician in repertory theatre across the British Isles, playing such demanding characters as the Gorilla in Cabaret and many woodland creatures in Wind in the Willows. She sang and played for the Tasmanian Devils, before playing for seven years in the New Era Big Band. Whilst working as a graphic/web designer, she has continued to play in semi-professional bands and ensembles, and is a founder member of the Mistral Clarinet quartet.

The leader of the quartet, Chris Hooker's career has been in Music Education both as a teacher and a manager. After taking early retirement he now devotes his time to playing, composing and arranging, and conducting. He plays baritone sax with ‘Simply Saxes’ Quartet/Octet in North London and is solo clarinet with the RAFA President’s Band, Uxbridge. He is also an occasional player with the Fulham Big Band and BBC Elstree Concert Band.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.

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