Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra
|Sami Mason||Concert Master and Soprano Saxophone|
|Sarah Henderson||Soprano Saxophone|
|Cameron Millar||Alto Saxophone|
|Vanessa Mylrea||Alto Saxophone|
|Megan Scougall||Alto Saxophone|
|Melanie Stephenson||Alto Saxophone|
|Steffany Byatt||Alto Saxophone |
|Candice Showers||Alto and Baritone Saxophones|
|Andrew Ball||Tenor Saxophone|
|Ashleigh Porter||Tenor Saxophone|
|Julian Palma-Norfolk||Tenor Saxophone|
|Pierce Hurne||Baritone Saxophone|
|Matthew Pearson||Bass and Baritone Saxophones|
Since its inception, the Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra, directed by Diana Tolmie, has strengthened exponentially now enjoying its 4th year of evolution. Appreciating a diverse range of music styles, the QCSO are as comfortable performing Baroque as they are with contemporary classical in addition to jazz. Touring schools throughout the year the QCSO performs, tutors and shares their passion for the saxophone. Career highlights include their successful recital as part of the July 2011 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival in Melbourne, performing later in the month at the internationally acclaimed event The Queensland Music Festival in the Vaporisations project - a site specific work for massed saxophones developing an active sound installation which was recorded for national broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
The ensemble's performance at the WSCXVI is part of their 2012 International tour including a series of concerts at the Guildhall School of Music, Cramphorn Theatre, Old Somerset House, London and Salford University, Manchester in early July and the International Society of Music Education Conference in Greece from the 16th to the 20th of July.
Going up the Sideways Stairs - Andrew Ball
This piece for saxophone ensemble was inspired by visual illusions such as those found in paintings by M C Escher. Concepts such as infinite loops, symmetry and spatial impossibility have been explored with various harmonic and rhythmic techniques.
New Work - Thomas Green
While inspired by Amon Tobin's sound design incorporated into his music, grown from Dubstep and Drum and Bass origins, this work does not directly imitate existing pop styles of electronic music, but rather hopes to bring about a novel incorporation of an understanding while remaining completely 'unplugged'.
Becoming III - Robert Burrell
The first movement is based on the melodies and rhythms of the Grey Butcherbird, whereas the second is performed with prerecorded White Breasted Honeyeater birds over which distinctive calls by various birds sound. The ensemble echoes and responds to the ever-present Australian bird song, developing into new sonic material.
Wild December Wind - Louise Denson
This slow bossa nova has evolved from an instrumental to lyric accompanied, returning back to a chamber work. Beautifully interpreted by Australian singer Ingrid James, it is now enjoying fuller orchestration for saxophone ensemble. The simple 32-bar song form indulges rich jazz- inflected harmony and subtle syncopation characteristic of Brazilian music.