Chatham Saxophone Quartet

Chatham Saxophone Quartet

Brace yourself for the incomparable Chatham Saxophone Quartet in three concerts this Autumn. With an eclectic repertoire spanning contemporary, classical and jazz genres, this adventurous ensemble pushes the boundaries of what we know the saxophone quartet to be.

Tour Dates

23 Sept, 8:15pm, €17.50 St Multose Church, Church Street, Kinsale, Co. Cork
25 Sept, 8:00 PM, €18 / €15 Mill Theatre Dundrum, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 16
30 Sept, 8:00pm, €15 / €10 All Saints' Church, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick

Performing an eclectic repertoire spanning contemporary, classical and jazz genres, the unique Chatham Saxophone Quartet pushes the boundaries of what we know the saxophone quartet to be. 

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.  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, Dublin’s Kaleidoscope Night at the Odessa Club and Music Network’s Culture Night concert at Dublin Castle.

The quartet's members - Daniel Dunne (soprano saxophone), Darren Hatch (alto saxophone), Ciaran Sutton (tenor saxophone) and Ian Finlay (baritone saxophone) - all actively compose and arrange new works for the group. They have worked closely with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and ConTempo String Quartet in transcribing the string quartet repertoire for wind instruments. This unusual collaboration with professional string quartets has provided invaluable insight and inspiration to embrace a wide spectrum of music.  Along with pursuing their interest in string quartet repertoire, the quartet is committed to commissioning and performing works by Irish composers and in bringing contemporary classical music to a wider audience.

Chatham Saxophone Quartet is currently working on its debut album, to be released in Spring 2015, which will focus on new music by contemporary Irish composers.

23 Sept St Multose Church, Church Street, Kinsale, Co. Cork 8:15pm, €17.50 021 4700877 Kinsale Arts Festival
25 Sept Mill Theatre Dundrum, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 16 8:00 PM, €18 / €15 01 2969340 Mill Theatre Dundrum
30 Sept All Saints' Church, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick 8:00pm, €15 / €10 061 407298 Limerick Arts Office

Programme - Kinsale:
Phil Woods: Saxophone Quartet, Mvt. I
Philip Glass: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet, Mvts. I + IV
Ian Wilson: So Softly
Brian Byrne: Saxophone Quartet No. 1 (Commissioned for Chatham Saxophone Quartet)
Jacob TV: Body of Your Dreams
Mark Mellits: Groove Machine (Mvt. IV from REVOLUTION)
Radiohead: Paranoid Android (arr. Chatham Saxophone Quartet)
Ian Wilson: Heaven Lay Close
Mvt. I   Introduction – I dreamt that heaven lay…
Mvt. II  ... close upon the earth…
Mvt. III  ...and I between them both…
Mvt. IV  ...breathing through the eye of a needle…

Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint
Mvt. I  (fast)
Mvt. II (slow)
Mvt. III (fast) 

Michael Nyman: Songs for Tony

Programme - Dundrum:
Phil Woods: Saxophone Quartet, Mvt. I
Philip Glass: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet, Mvts. I + IV
Ian Wilson: So Softly
Brian Byrne: Saxophone Quartet No. 1 (Commissioned for Chatham Saxophone Quartet)
Jacob TV: Body of Your Dreams
Mark Mellits: Groove Machine (Mvt. IV from REVOLUTION)
Ian Wilson: Heaven Lay Close
Mvt. I   Introduction – I dreamt that heaven lay…
Mvt. II  ... close upon the earth…
Mvt. III  ...and I between them both…
Mvt. IV  ...breathing through the eye of a needle…

Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint
Mvt. I  (fast)
Mvt. II (slow)
Mvt. III (fast) 

Michael Nyman: Songs for Tony

Programme - Castleconnell
Phil Woods:
 Saxophone Quartet, Mvt. I
Philip Glass: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet, Mvts. I + IV
Ian Wilson: So Softly
Brian Byrne: Saxophone Quartet No. 1 (Commissioned for Chatham Saxophone Quartet)
Jacob TV: Body of Your Dreams
Mark Mellits: Groove Machine (Mvt. IV from REVOLUTION)
Ian Wilson: Heaven Lay Close
Mvt. I   Introduction – I dreamt that heaven lay…
Mvt. II  ... close upon the earth…
Mvt. III  ...and I between them both…
Mvt. IV  ...breathing through the eye of a needle…
Anton Webern: Langsamer Satz 
Michael Nyman: Songs for Tony

Chatham Saxophone Quartet perform Michael Nyman's Songs for Tony