St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Laefer Quartet

Friday, 8 May at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Amy Green - saxophone, Linn Perrson - saxophone, Jessamy Holder - tenor saxophone, Stephen Shepherd - saxophone

Glazunov

   Saxophone Quartet, Op. 109

      Première partie

      Bozza

      Andante et Scherzo

Escaich

       Tango Virtuoso

Alfvén

      Vallflickans Dans

Biographies

The Laefer Quartet is an exciting and fresh new saxophone quartet who were delighted to be awarded the 2014 Boconnoc Music Award. Formed in 2012 at the Royal College of Music, the quartet has since been performing across the UK at numerous venues, including The Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room.

As individuals and as a group, the quartet are experienced in a variety of genres but specialise in performing contemporary classical repertoire and transcriptions of works by classical composers. Recent performances include UK premières of works by contemporary composers such as Ivan Fedele.

The Laefer Quartet has received coaching from Kyle Horch and Martin Robertson and has performed in masterclasses with David Brutti and Gerard McChrystal. The Laefer Quartet intend to continue performing throughout the UK and are currently commissioning several new works.

The word 'Laefer' (pronounced lay-fer) is anglo-saxon for 'reed' and 'sheet metal'.

Award-winning saxophonist Amy Green graduated with a Master of Performance (Distinction) and BMus Hons (First Class) from the Royal College of Music. She was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal and was the winner of the Edward and Helen Hague Senior Woodwind Prize. Amy also studied on an Erasmus exchange at the Paris Conservatoire. Enjoying a diverse range of musical activities, Amy has performed at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room, the V&A museum, the National Gallery and The Forge, Camden. She performed in the 2012 BBC Proms with the London Sinfonietta, as well as in the 2011 and 2012 BBC Proms Plus series on BBC Radio 3. Earlier this year Amy performed at the 'Sensing Spaces' exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and is a previous winner of the Melber Saxophone Competition. Amy is the soprano player in the Laefer Quartet and performs with ANIMA.

During her studies, Amy was an RCM Lord Winston Scholar supported by an Ian Evans Lombe Award, a Boise Foundation Scholar 2013 and also supported generously by Help Musicians UK, the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Swedish saxophonist Linn Persson is currently studying for a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music in London supported by the Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship, Sixten Gemzéus' Foundation, Gunvor and Josef Anérs' Foundation and Helge Ax:son Johnson's Foundation. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm and won top prizes in several Scandinavian competitions such as Berlingske Tidendes Musikkonkurrence, Polstjärnepriset and Öresunds-Solist. In May 2013 Linn won the RCM Saxophone Competition: Jane Melber Prize.

Linn has performed as soloist with several orchestras and ensembles, including the Göteborg Wind Orchestra, Storströms Kammarensemble and KMH String Orchestra. She has also played with the Royal Swedish Navy Band, the Band of the Royal Swedish Army and Stockholm Saxophone Quartet. Linn has performed across Europe including Denmark, Turkey, Finland and Spain with several chamber groups. She has also toured Sweden and the United States with the saxophone ensemble The Scandinavian Quartet.

Jessamy Holder graduated as a joint clarinet and saxophone scholar from the Royal College of Music in 2014 where she received the Stephen Trier and Boconnoc awards. Before joining the RCM, Jessamy went to Wells Cathedral School under the DFEs scholarship scheme at the age of 9 and later joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Jessamy is a keen ensemble and orchestral player and has performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Sage Gateshead and St David's Hall in Cardiff. Currently, Jessamy performs with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Laefer saxophone quartet. She has previously attended the Dartington International Summer School supported by the Thistle Music Trust to study saxophone with John Harle.

Stephen recently graduated with a Masters of Music in Performance from the Royal College of Music, studying saxophone with Kyle Horch and conducting with Peter Stark. In 2012 he graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA (Hons) in Music after studying saxophone with Dr. Angela Space and conducting with Robin Browning. As a saxophonist Stephen has experience across all genres, regularly giving classical and jazz recitals. As well as playing Baritone Saxophone in the Laefer Quartet he is a keen soloist, most recently performing Mark-Anthony Turnage's Two Memorials at the Purcell Rooms as part of "The Rest is Noise" festival. He has also performed with the pop singer Charley McCauley at Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival, and played at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, as well as appearing at venues such as the Turner Sims Concert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Symphony Hall Birmingham, and abroad in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland.