Huw Wiggin

Classical Saxophonist

Commonwealth Musician of the Year, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin is one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation.

Biography

Huw studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Andrew Wilson and Rob Buckland. On graduating in 2008 with a 1st Class honours degree he won a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) to continue his studies with Daniel Gauthier at the Hochschule für Musik, Köln. In 2012 he graduated from the Royal College of Music, studying with Kyle Horch and gaining a Master's Degree with Distinction.

Other prizes and awards include: a ‘Star Award’ from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, a Music Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Philip & Dorothy Green Award, and a Martins Musical Scholarship. Whilst at the RCM he won the RCM Concerto Prize, which led to a performance of Paule Maurice’s

In 2012 Huw was selected as a Park Lane Group Artist. He was praised for his ‘Liquid gold tones and enviable breath control’ by The Times and premiered a new work entitled Three Letter Word by Andy Scott. 

He has appeared at festivals and music societies throughout the UK and in major concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall and a performance of Milhaud’s at Henley Festival. In July 2012 Huw was invited to perform recitals and a concerto performance of Eric Coates’s at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.

Huw is professor of saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has given masterclasses at the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge in Canada. 

He has played in a number of orchestras and ensembles including the Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish National Orchestra and the Michael Nyman Band. 

Huw is leader of the and regularly performs with them around the UK and abroad.

Testimonials

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Liquid gold tones and enviable breath control

The Times

Sometimes a concert can be so original, daring & musically dazzling that it takes one’s breath away and reminds us of the potential of live music. Huw Wiggin’s virtuoso saxophone playing was one such occasion. The programme was fascinating, including two stunning pieces from Graham Fitkin: ‘Glass’ was a melancholy number that was beautifully simple, still and moving (featuring subtle piano backing from James Sherlock) whereas ‘Gate’ was a more technically challenging piece that was a rewarding showstopper. Stockhausen’s ‘In Freundschaft’ was a modern marvel, with the carefully orchestrated movements creating a lovely room-filling tone and building up towards a superb busy finale. Most memorable however was Andy Scott’s tribute to Esbjorn Svensson: ‘Three Letter Word’. Written with Wiggin in mind, it was melodic, poppy and jazzy; a new but somehow instantly familiar piece with a strut and confidence about it that was invigorating. A magnificent afternoon from a talented, hugely promising musician.

Studio Theatre, Brighton Dome, 7 May 2015 Rating: 5* Classical Reviews

As was demonstrated recently by Huw Wiggin and Joseph Houston for the Kendal Midday Concert Club, there’s nothing better to warm the cockles of the heart than an hour’s programme of music provided by a saxophone and piano duo. The repertoire of original works for such a duo is extremely small and, as on this occasion, other composers’ works have to be borrowed and arranged. It was enlightening to discover how well the music of Bach, Marcello, Rachmaninoff and Bizet sounded in this guise and the characteristic qualities of both alto and soprano saxophones were admirably illuminated throughout. The duo is a magnificent combination of talent. The two possess a remarkable musical kinship; never are they out of sync with each other, there’s an equality of fine musicianship and technical artistry, they breathe as one unit, they phrase identically, they utilise the same dynamic range, they match each other’s quality of tone, they usually capture the essence of their music and they clearly enjoy performing. Joseph Houston, sensitively demonstrating Liszt’s quieter disposition, prepared the way for the final skirmish – a romp through Milhaud’s roguish Scaramouche. So ended a totally enjoyable festive experience

Joe Fuller - Westmorland Gazette 

Impressive breath control.. mellifluous fluidity

Seen & Heard International

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Repertoire

Two Sample Programmes

Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud 

Aria by Bozza

Gate by Graham Fitkin 

Widmung by Schumann (arr. Liszt) piano solo

Fantaisie on themes from 'Der Freischütz' by Savari

INTERVAL

Three Letter Word by Andy Scott

Vocalise by Rachmaninoff

Etude Tableau in E flat minor, op 39 no 5 Rachmaninoff

The Devil's Rag by Jean Matitia 

Pequena Czarda by Pedro Iturralde

Vocalise by Rachmaninoff

Etude Tableau in E flat minor, op 39 no 5 Rachmaninoff

Sonata in G Minor by J.S. Bach 

INTERVAL

Fuzzy Bird Sonata by Takashi Yoshimatsu

Aria by Bozza

Widmung by Schumann (arr. Liszt) piano solo

West Side Story Suite by Bernstein (arr. Brinsford)

Concerto's

Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra by Ronald Binge

Fantaisie Brillante sur des airs de “Carmen” by François Borne 

The Green Ray by Gavin Bryars 

Saxo-Rhapsody by Eric Coates

Rhapsodie for alto saxophone and orchestra by C. Debussy Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra by A. Glazounov

Concertino da Camera by Jacques Ibert

Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra by Lars-Erik Larsson 

Concerto in D Minor (arr. soprano saxophone) by Benedetto Marcello

Scaramouche for alto saxophone and orchestra by D. Milhaud 

Where the bee dances by Michael Nyman

Fantasia for soprano saxophone and orchestra by H Villa-Lobos 

Escapades by John Williams (from the film “Catch Me If You Can”)

Sonatas

Sonata for alto saxophone and piano by Phil Woods

Sonata in G minor BWV 1020 for violin or flute and piano by J.S. Bach transcribed for saxophone and piano by John Harle

Sonata for soprano saxophone and piano by Richard Rodney Bennett 17.5’

Sonata for alto saxophone and piano by R. Muczynski

Sonata by E. Denisov

Sonata by Paul Creston

Fuzzy Bird Sonata by Takashi Yoshimatsu

Sonata by Gary Carpenter

Sonata by Cesar Franck (arranged by Jean Yves Formeau)

Solo Saxophone Works

Ku Ku by Barry cockcroft

Two Memorials by Mark-Anthony Turnage

Suite no.1 by J.S. Bach arranged for solo saxophone by J.M. Londeix

In Freundschaft by Karlheinz Stockhausen

Caprice en Forme de Valse by Bonneau

Other works for saxophone and piano

Pequena Czarda by Pedro Iturralde

Czardas by Vittorio Monti

Fantasie sur un thème original by J. Demersseman

Fantaisie sur le “Freischütz” de C.M. von Weber by J.N. Savari

Fantaisie Brillante sur des airs de “Carmen” by Francois Borne (arranged by Iwan Roth and Raymond Meylan)

Glass by Graham Fitkin

Gate by Graham Fitkin

Hard Fairy by Graham Fitkin for two pianos and soprano saxophone Klonos by Piet Swerts

Two Elegies Framing a Shout by Mark-Anthony Turnage

Sarabande by Mark-Anthony Turnage

Keening by Michael Berkeley

Leonardo’s Dream by Giles Swayne

Three Letter Word by Andy Scott (commissioned with Tim Abel in January 2010 at the Purcell Room, London)

And Everything is Still… by Andy Scott

Fujiko by Andy Scott

Deep Blue by Andy Scott

My Mountain Top by Andy Scott KBM by Andy Scott

Eighteen by Andy Scott

Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud (arrangement for piano and saxophone)

Pièce en forme de habanera by M. Ravel

Prélude, cadence et finale by A. Desenclos

Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice; 5 movement suite: Cansoun per ma mio; Dis alyscamps l’amo souspire; Farandoulo di chatouno; La boumiano; Lou cabridan

West Side Story suite by Leonard Bernstein (arranged by Andrew Brinsford)

Gershwin Suite (arranged by Andrew Brinsford)

Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla for soprano saxophone and piano

Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-korsakov

Vocalise by Rachmaninov

Enquire Today

To enquire about booking Huw for an appearance at your event, be it for a couple of showpieces, a 20 minute showcase or a full 40 minute recital, please get in touch using the form. 

Huw travels internationally from his home in London - travel costs will be calculated on an individual basis. 

Huw performs either with piano accompaniment, string quartet or chamber orchestra. Let us know your requirements and we will send you a quote.

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