Chatham Saxophone Quartet
Runaway winners of Music Network's Young Musicwide Award in 2012, the superlative Chatham Saxophone Quartet has repeatedly won plaudits for its bravura performances and versatility. With an eclectic repertoire spanning contemporary, classical and jazz genres, this unique ensemble pushes the boundaries of what we know the saxophone quartet to be.
Since its foundation in 2008, the Chatham Saxophone Quartet has appeared at Boyle Arts Festival, Ten Days in Dublin festival, Galway Music Residency, the National Concert Hall, and the Twisted Pepper, and has recently performed to packed out houses at Dingle’s Féile na Bealtaine, Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, and Dublin’s Kaleidoscope Night at the Odessa Club. The quartet's members all actively compose and arrange new works for the group. They have also worked closely with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and ConTempo String Quartet in transcribing the string quartet repertoire for wind instruments.
Daniel Dunne (soprano saxophone) is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and also holds a Masters in Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. During his studies, he won concerto opportunities on two occasions, performing the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto in E-flat with orchestra and Claude Smith’s Fantasia with Wind Ensemble. Since completing his degree, Daniel has performed regularly with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in addition to groups such as the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra. In 2010, he was awarded the Brennan Prize for ‘most promising musician’ at the inaugural Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Future competition. Daniel currently holds teaching posts in Belvedere College Dublin and the Artane School of Music.
Darren Hatch (alto saxophone) studied the saxophone at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and completed both the Bachelor of Music programme and the Performance Masters programme. He has been concerto soloist with the DIT Symphony Orchestra and the DIT Wind Ensemble. Darren has had several competition successes at the ESB Feis Ceoil and has performed with the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, Hibernian Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Darren has a keen interest in education and holds teaching positions at Belvedere College Dublin and St. Columba’s College.
Ciaran Sutton (tenor saxophone) studied the clarinet at The Royal Irish Academy of Music under Paul Roe. After finishing in RIAM, he took up the saxophone and received lessons from Kevin Hanafin in DIT. It was in DIT that he became a member of the Chatham Saxophone Quartet. Ciaran has played with Dublin Youth Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra and Royal Irish Academy of Music Jazz Ensemble. He was principal clarinetist with the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and has performed two concertos with Trinity Orchestra. Recently he has played clarinet, tenor saxophone and bass clarinet with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Other achievements include winning the senior clarinet ESB Feis Ceoil competition in 2008. He also teaches clarinet and saxophone at both Belvedere College and the Artane School of Music.
Ian Finlay (baritone saxophone) began his musical training in the Artane Boys Band at the age of eight. Initially training on the clarinet, he soon moved to the saxophone and at aged 16, after winning a scholarship to the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, began to study there part-time under Kevin Hanafin. During his school years, he was a member of The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and The Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, and was a multi prize winner at the Feis Ceoil. Ian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics in Trinity College and a Masters in Music Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Ian has performed on RTÉ Television and Radio, and has made frequent appearances with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and RTÉ Big Band. His love for big band music has also led him to play with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, The Las Vegas Rat Pack and the Hot House Big Band to name a few, as well as being a former regular performer with Irish pop group The Republic of Loose. Since 2007, Ian has been a member of The Band of An Garda Siochana, and can regularly be heard playing with commercial pop and funk bands The Ratzingers, Soul Power and The Goods.
Sax men online cut performing on TG4's Imeall
Premier Quatuor IV 'Allegretto' by Jean-Baptiste Singelée