Hailed as a “pioneering instrumentalist and writer” and praised for his “surpassingly beautiful music” British saxophonist, Alastair Penman, is a dynamic and versatile performer and composer, presenting contemporary music in new and exciting ways. We were delighted to welcome him to our lunchtime concert series last year.
Alastair Penman earned his masters’ degrees in both Information and Computer Engineering (University of Cambridge) and Saxophone Performance (Royal Northern College of Music). He has a strong interest in the fusion of live saxophone performance with electronic effects, backings, and enhancements to create often previously undiscovered sound-worlds.
Although classically trained, Alastair enjoys exploring many musical worlds; such influences can be heard in his compositions and performances, which often transcend genre definition.
As a soloist, Alastair has performed at venues including Milton Court Concert Hall, Trinity and St Catharine’s College Chapels (Cambridge), The Forge, and the Concert Hall and Carole Nash Recital Room at the Royal Northern College of Music.
In an ensemble setting, Alastair is soprano saxophonist with the award-winning Borealis Saxophone Quartet and has performed with the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, Ardente Opera, The Beethoven Ensemble, Ensemble BPM, and Cambridge Touring Opera.
Alastair has won awards from the City Music Foundation, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, RNCM (Fewkes and Harwood Scholarships) and St. Catharine’s College and has also been a finalist in the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe and RNCM Gold Medal Competitions.