Music Network Announces Young Musicwide Awardees 2012

13 November 2012

Music Network is delighted to announce the Chatham Saxophone Quartet as awardees of Young Musicwide 2012, a unique professional development programme designed to support musicians in the early stages of their performing career.

Chatham Saxophone Quartet is an exciting new Irish ensemble whose expansive repertoire spans the centuries and shows the incredible versatility of the saxophone, with a particular focus on some of the most exhilarating music by contemporary composers including Philip Glass and Michael Nyman. As well as transcribing string quartet repertoire for saxophone, including Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.6 and Webern's Langsamer Satz, they are dedicated to expanding the repertoire through the commissioning of new works by Irish composers. A key aspect of the ensemble's performance is the use of multimedia, often combining projected visuals with music. They also take inspiration from more unusual sources, for example, their experimental arrangement of Radiohead's Paranoid Android, which uses a combination of muted sax and guitar pedal effects to create a unique soundscape.

Music Network CEO, Sharon Rollston explains, ‘Chatham Saxophone Quartet’s performance at the auditions made a very strong impression. Their virtuosity, coupled with their exciting multimedia performance style, will push the boundaries of the saxophone quartet as we know it, and we’re delighted to be working with them at this early stage in their career.’

Formed in 2008, the Chatham Saxophone Quartet was named after the street on which its members first met. Since their foundation in 2008 they have performed at the Boyle Arts Festival, International language Conference at Alliance Francaise for President Mc Aleese, INVITE: International Music Education Conference April 2010, the Unitarian church and, most recently, the National Concert Hall, Dublin. In 2011 the quartet became The Galway Music Residency's Apprentice Ensemble where they were mentored by ConTempo String Quartet and gave several outstanding performances. Chatham Saxophone Quartet features Daniel Dunne (soprano saxophone), Darren Hatch (alto saxophone), Ciaran Sutton (tenor saxophone) and Ian Finlay (baritone saxophone), all former students at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

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.

Developed in 2001 by Music Network, Young Musicwide provides an incentive for highly talented young Irish musicians to pursue a professional career and gives promoters nationwide access to the very best in young Irish talent.  Previous recipients of the award include the Callino Quartet (2001); voice and piano duo Ailish Tynan and Deborah Kelleher (2002); clarinetist Carol McGonnell (2003); Organics jazz trio (2004); traditional Irish group Slide (2005), piano, cello and violin trio The Syrius Trio (2006) and harp, flute and viola trio, Triocca (2006), jazz quartet Trihornophone (2007), traditional Irish fiddle trio Fidil (2008), piano quartet Cappa Ensemble (2009), jazz quintet Thought-Fox (2010), and traditional Irish/bluegrass trio We Banjo 3 (2011).



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