Victory for QE Saxophone Quartet

The QE senior Saxophone Quartet has taken first prize in the Popular category of the Spring Grove Music Festival.

“The boys performed their pieces beautifully, overcoming a high-quality field to take first prize,” said QE’s Director of Music, Kieron Howe. “We’re very proud of their achievement.”

The quartet beat a brass group from William Ellis School and two ensembles from The Henrietta Barnett School to win the trophy and a £350 cash prize for the Music Department.

Adeel Haque and Alexander Liangas of Year 12, Kieran Eatough from Year 10 and Year 13 student Bhaven Murji performed Eddie Harris’s Cold Duck Time and Pablo Beltran Ruiz’s Sway. The boys had to perform one or more non-amplified pieces with a maximum duration of just 10 minutes.""

The competition benefits the elderly and is run under the auspices of the Springdene Care Homes Group. Many Springdene residents were present at the performance. The judging panel was made up of invited music professional including professional pianist Tessa Uys, RSC Director Janet Suzman and BBC Radio 3 presenter Lucie Skeaping.