HUW WIGGIN,Saxophone, and JOHN LENEHAN, Piano
Commonwealth Musician of the Year, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2014 Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin is one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation.
He has performed in venues as far afield as the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing – where he gave recitals and a concerto performance of Eric Coates’s Saxo Rhapsody – as well as those closer to home such as London’s Wigmore Hall. Other past highlights include appearances at Brighton, Newbury, Henley, Ripon and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. His performance of Milton Babbitt’s Accompanied Recitative was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on ‘Hear and Now’ to celebrate the composer’s centenary.
Huw is professor of saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has given master classes at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music, NAFA in Singapore and the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge in Canada. He has also been a member of the judging panel for major competitions including the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition. A keen educator, he is also an ambassador for the Henley Music School.
In March 2018 Huw featured on ‘BLAKE, The Anniversary Album’, conducted and orchestrated by James Sherlock. Other collaborations include working with singer Laura Wright, harpist Oliver Wass and pianist John Lenehan.
‘Reflections’ – Huw’s debut disc (with John Lenehan and Oliver Wass) – was released in June 2018 on Orchid Classics to great acclaim in the press, reaching no. 6 in the iTunes Classical Chart and no. 2 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart.
As someone who is passionate about travelling, Huw has given concerts on Cunard ships all over the world. He is a regular performer on Cunard’s flagship ocean liners: Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary II.
Huw’s early studies were at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Andrew Wilson and Rob Buckland. On graduating in 2008 with a 1st Class honours degree he won a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) to continue his studies with Daniel Gauthier at the Hochschule für Musik, Cologne. Huw completed his studies at the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch and gained a Master’s Degree with Distinction in 2012. Further prizes and awards early in Huw’s career include the RCM Concerto Prize, a ‘Star Award’ from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, a Music Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Philip & Dorothy Green Award, a Martin Musical Scholarship and selection as a Park Lane Group Artist.
Huw is a member of the Ferio Saxophone Quartet and regularly performs with them in the UK and abroad. They have been major prize-winners in the UK at the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, Philharmonia’s Martins Musical Scholarship Fund, and the Park Lane Group. The quartet signed with Chandos Records in 2016 and has recorded two highly successful discs for the label. ‘Flux’ was released in July 2017 and ‘Revive’ in November 2018.
Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the (London) Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan has appeared in concerts throughout the World from Abu Dhabi to Zurich and from Aberdeen to Zimbabwe. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony at the Barbican and the Royal Philharmonic in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has also collaborated with some of the leading instrumentalists of our time and is recognised as an outstanding and versatile chamber musician.
John Lenehan has made over 70 CDs covering a huge range of musical styles. Duo sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms rub shoulders with piano concertos by Michael Nyman and Vaughan Williams, chamber music with the Nash Ensemble and jazz repertoire with Emma Johnson. His four-disc survey of John Ireland’s piano music received great critical acclaim including a Gramophone award. His other solo recordings include three discs for Sony Classical of minimalist piano works and a disc of Erik Satie (for Classic FM).
Alessandro Marcello (1673-1747), arr. Joosen Concerto in D minor
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Du Bist die Ruh, Op. 59 no. 3, D.776
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Die Forelle, Op. 32, D. 550
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Air from Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) The Swan, from Carnival of the Animals
François Borne (1840-1920), arr. Iwan Roth and Raymond Meylan Fantaisie Brillante sur des airs de Carmen
Chanson de bohème et Final
Paule Maurice (1910-1967) Tableaux de Provence
Farandoulo di chatouno
Cansoun per ma mio
Dis alyscamps l'amo souspire
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), arr. Brinsford Fugata and Oblivion
Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) Flight of the Bumblebee
Takashi Yoshimatsu (b.1953) Sing Bird (from Fuzzy Bird Sonata)
Pedro Iturralde (b.1929) Pequena Czarda