Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Top saxophonist is heading back to his home town

ONE of the most popular and acclaimed saxophonists of his generation is returning to his

ONE of the most popular and acclaimed saxophonists of his generation is returning to his home town as the soloist with Henley Symphony Orchestra for its summer concert at Shiplake College later this month.

Huw Wiggin was born in Henley and attended Gillotts School, during which time his passion for music was nurtured — playing the cello as well as the saxophone, which he began at the age of 12, and taking part in the Leichlingen musical exchange.

Inspiration came from playing in Reading Youth Orchestra under the guidance of Chris Walker and holidaying at the music centre at Harpenden in Hertfordshire.

Auditioning for Chetham&rsquos School of Music, Huw had to choose between the cello and saxophone, deciding on the latter. His subsequent career has seen his playing hailed as “a dazzling display of musicianship, artistry and technical wizardry”. Critics have also praised his “liquid gold tones”.

Huw graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with first class honours, winning a scholarship to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.

Following his time in Germany, he went on to gain a master&rsquos degree with distinction from the Royal College of Music. He has won numerous prestigious prizes and has played at major concert halls throughout the UK and at the Henley Festival. He is leader of the Ferio Saxophone Quartet.

The saxophone is not often associated with classical music, but Huw has made this unusual combination his own and is recognised as a remarkable soloist and chamber musician.

A spokesman for Henley Symphony Orchestra said they were “excited and very lucky” to have Huw on board for the summer concert, which takes place on Sunday, June 26.

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