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Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Band oozes sax appeal as it attracts new members

Music: Orchestra is still keen to boost its members as it tunes up for shows


CHARITY PLAYERS: Standing, from left, are Zoë Sayer, Derek Jennings and Ben Armstrong with, seated from left, Emily Manson, Abigail Chambers and Emma Swanson of the Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra

all sizes of saxophone from soprano to bass

The Aberdeenshire

Saxophone Orchestra

has hit all the right notes

with a recent call for new


The burgeoning

orchestra was originally

formed 11 years ago as

a youth initiative in

Inverurie, but has recently 

become a charity.

  And after a recent call for

new recruits. it’s numbers

have been bolstered by 23 

new members.

  The charity brings

together saxophone players

from across the north-east

and now boasts players of

all ages, but there is still

"Music can also

work wonders

for improving

mental health"

a keen focus on inspiring

young people to get into


  Musicians are now

travelling to attend from

places such as Banff,

Mintlaw, Elgin and


  The youngest member

is 10, while the oldest 

is 77.

The group's Foss Foster, who previously played the

concertina, said taking up

saxophone "changed her

life" and now she hopes to

share that love with others. 

The charity's mission

is to recruit as many

youngsters as possible,

with those under 16, or in 

full time education,

enjoy participation with the orchestra free of charge. 

Adults pay fees that helps keeps it running. 

Ms Foster said "It is amazing to see children grow in confidence . Working alongside adults, at the same level makes such a difference to them

There are people from a 

variety of backgrounds and

they are working so well


 ‘Music really can

also work wonders for

improving mental health.”

 The group works under 

the direction of world-class

Musical director Richard


His works include

Music for the Book of

Deer, a 12-movement

suite celebrating the 10th

century portable gospel

book from Aberdeenshire. 

Ms Foster added:

"Richard comes up from

Fife to work with us and

is also visiting tutor at

Aberdeen University.

“He’s amazing. He works

the same with beginners as

he does with professionals

and the end product is 

always fantastic.”

  The charity is still 

looking to bolster its

troops and even has a small

collection of instruments 

available to be loaned out.

  It aims to hold at

least one large public performance a year as well as playing a variety of smaller events. 

The next meeting is on January 26th.

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