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Stephanie Legg (saxophones) with Erin Sawicka (piano)

Tue Aug 30th 2016, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ

Programme (to include):-

HENRI RABAUD - Solo de concours
G.F HANDEL - Sonata in E major a) Adagio, b) allegro, c) largo d) allegro.
DENIS JOLY - Cantiliene et danse
JAMES RAE Sonatina:- a) Toccata Latino, b) Gymnopedie Bleu and c) Eastcoast Mainline

Artist info:-


Stephanie Legg

From a family of musicians, Stephanie Legg completed her undergraduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying with Gerard McChrystal and Mick Foster. Stephanie is enthusiastically working towards a career in solo/ensemble performance and also composition, having had the privilege of performing with musicians such as Tim Garland, Simone Robello, The Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra and contemporary composer Bill Connor. She has also performed in masterclasses with saxophonists such as Vincent David, Antonio Canovas, James Houlik, saxofonquadrat and Mario Marzi.

As a soloist, Stephanie has performed in venues such as The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and Waltham Abbey. As part of the British Saxophone Congress 2011, Stephanie was a soloist in performances of the Philip Glass concerto for saxophone quartet and symphony orchestra.

A keen ensemble player, Stephanie has performed with the LPO future firsts scheme at the Royal Festival Hall and West Green House Opera, with saxophone quartets at Blackheath Halls, Cheltenham Town Hall and the Greenwich Royal Naval Chapel and she also regularly performs recitals with saxophone/violin duo ‘Leggharto’ across London, focusing primarily on contemporary tango repertoire.

Highlights from Stephanie’s recent career have included performances of ‘Shu Gath Manna’ for saxophone and Yamaha DX7 synthesizer and ‘Silhouetten der stille’ a work for soprano saxophone and contemporary dance, performed at the Laban Bonny Bird theatre.

Erin Sawicka

London based pianist, Erin Sawicka began her musical training at the age of six and was inspired to consider a career in music following a chance meeting with a Canadian pianist at the age of sixteen.

She was awarded an ATCL diploma in solo performance in 2002 and from 2003 to 2006 she studied music at Birmingham University, specialising in performance and composition and studying with David Quigley. Alongside her academic studies, she was performing regularly both as a soloist and accompanist, including accompanying the University Chamber Choir and Guild Musical Theatre Society as well as achieving First Prize in the 2005 “Vale of Glamorgan Young Musician of the Year”.  From an early age, Erin was a regular participant at Chethams International Summer School for Pianists and Birmingham International Piano Academy and was awarded scholarships for the high standard of her performance.  Since then, she has maintained her musical training and performed in a number of public masterclasses with renowned concert pianists John Lill and Martin Roscoe; she has also had occasional lessons with concert pianists such as Noriko Ogawa, Dina Parakhina, the late Jose Ferghali and Murray McLachlan.

Following graduation from Birmingham University, she continued her music studies at Trinity College of Music in London and successfully completed a Masters in piano performance, studying with Hilary Coates. With a keen interest in a variety of musical genres, it was at this time that she became in regular demand as a wedding and function pianist, performing at various venues in and around London, including The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, Selfridges Department store, the French Ambassador’s Residence, Wilton’s Music Hall, The Landsdowne Club in Mayfair and Eltham Palace.

Erin continues to enjoy a varied career to this day, primarily dividing her time between performing, accompanying and teaching. Recent work has included regular engagements with the Maidstone Operatic Society, culminating in a 6 show run of 'The Witches of Eastwick' at the Hazlitt Theatre and a forthcoming production of 'Sweet Charity'.  Her collaborative work has focused primarily on accompanying dancers for ballet classes, workshops, seminars and ISTD graded and vocational exams.  In addition to this, Erin still enjoys collaborating with and performing with other musicians and singers, most prominently with the noted saxophonist, Steph Legg.  Recent performances with Steph Legg have included an evening of 30s & 40s music at The Tea Box in Richmond and a performance for the Little Birdsong Orchestra at Bush Hall, which were very well received. 

Venue: Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral (photo: Adrian Pingstone)

Bristol Cathedral is situated in the middle of the city at the bottom of Park Street. It was founded in 1140, but was built gradually over a period of 700 years. The Cathedral hosts numerous events and concerts throughout the year. Many of these are open to the public, and some are free, including the regular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.

Visit the Bristol Cathedral website.


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