Rob Burton saxophone - winner of the Woodwind Category, BBC Young Musician 2018, accompanied by Christine Zerafa piano

Friday 4th October 2019 at 8:00pm
St. Paul's Parish Church, Wooburn, HP10 0PW

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Claude Debussy: Rhapsodie for alto saxophone & piano
Gabriel Grovlez: Sarabande et Allegro
Decruck: Sonata in C sharp
 - Tres modere, expressif
 - Andante
 - Fileuse
 - Nocturne et Final
Jules Demersseman: Fantaisie sur un theme original
Alessandro Marcello: Oboe Concerto in D minor, arr. for soprano saxophone and piano
 - Andante spiccato
 - Adagio
 - Presto
Robert Muczynski: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 29
 - Andante maestoso
 - Allegro energico
Robert Planel: Prelude et Saltarelle
Pedro Iturralde: Pequena Czarda

Picture of Rob BurtonHailing from a farming family in Cambridgeshire, saxophonist Rob Burton won the Woodwind Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018 at the age of eighteen. He went on to secure a place in the Grand Final at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, where he performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, broadcast live on BBC 4 and BBC Radio 3.

As soloist Rob has performed with the Huntingdon Philharmonic and Bromley Symphony Orchestras. Recent highlights include performing the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto after winning the Silk Street Sinfonia Young Artists Concerto Competition, and recitals at the Cheltenham Festival and the Charles Wood Festival in Armagh.

Rob was a finalist in Junior Guildhall's 'Lutine Prize' competition for three consecutive years. He has won titles of Wellingborough Young Musician of the Year and Oundle Young Musician of the Year. He was also a National Finalist in Rotary Young Musician of the Year 2016 and highly commended in the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain's composition prize.

Rob studies Classical Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music with Simon Haram and Huw Wiggin. He was a pupil at Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon alongside studies with Paul Stevens (saxophone) and Derek Hannigan (clarinet) at Junior Guildhall, where he was a Scholarship holder. Rob has also achieved Grade 8 Distinction in Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano and Recorder.

A keen chamber musician, Rob also enjoys playing with his saxophone quartet 'Kumori Quartet' and his reed quintet. He was Principal Saxophone with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, and has played with the Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra.


Pic of Christine ZarafaLondon-based Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in various venues and festivals in Malta, the United States and across the United Kingdom. She has frequently appeared at major London venues including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, and she has performed live on BBC Radio 3. Christine has been recipient of various awards including the Bice Mizzi National Competition, RNCM Clifton Helliwell Prize, the RAM Scott Huxley prize for piano accompaniment, Schumann Lieder accompanist prize, the Eric Brough Prize and the John B McEwen Prize. She is a Park Lane Group Artist and a Tunnell Trust Artist.