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Sax workshop with Mick Foster

February 26, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Professional saxophonist Mick Foster will be running a saxophone workshop for Phoenix on Sunday 26 February.

The cost is £30 including tea and coffee and it’s open to all saxophonists. We’d be delighted for non Phoenix members to come along and join us!

The workshop will focus on live ensemble playing, with tips and advice on sax technique, learning, performing and getting the most from your instrument as we go along.

We will be focusing on music specifically written for the saxophone ensemble, including a brand new piece that Mick has composed especially for Phoenix and a couple of pieces that have been generously gifted to Phoenix by composers Richard Percival and John Holland.

The playing level for the day is around Grade 4-5, but parts will be sent out in advance, so there’s no need to worry about sight reading.

The opportunity to receive first hand, expert advice from a professional sax player like Mick is certainly one not to be missed, and we look forward to welcoming sax players from far and wide to enjoy a full day of learning and ensemble playing with fellow musicians.

How to join

For more details, including how to pay, please download our leaflet.

Or if you have any queries, please contact Liz Pearce on treasurer@phoenixsax.org.uk

About Mick Foster

Mick Foster is a saxophonist, woodwind player and composer who is known as one of the UK’s foremost exponents of the baritone saxophone. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and has since worked extensively in the fields of jazz, commercial and classical music.  He has played with many ensembles such as the big bands of John Dankworth, Stan Sulzmann and Mike Garrick, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Swing Out Sister, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Mick has recently been recording and touring with Alan Barnes + 11 and Jim Rattigan’s ensemble Pavillon, and is currently a member of The Humphrey Lyttelton Band, the Back to Basie Orchestra and the London Jazz Orchestra.  Other notable jazz musicians that Mick has worked with include Dame Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth, Trudy Kerr, Mark Lockheart, Guy Barker, Laura Jurd and Digby Fairweather.  Mick has recorded three albums under his own name and is in demand as a session musician, having played for many film and TV soundtracks including Prometheus, Vice, Don’t Look Up and Downton Abbey.

As a composer Mick has written for various ensembles which include the London Jazz Orchestra, Quartz Saxophone Quartet, Docklands Sinfonia and Onyx Brass as well as his own jazz groups.  His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and he has pieces published by Saxtet Publications; some are included on both the ABRSM and Trinity College exams syllabuses.

Mick is active as an educator; he currently teaches at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Goldsmiths College; he is also a tutor for the National Youth Jazz Collective.



February 26, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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