See & Hear Us – 2020

 The Saxophone Choir 

See & Hear Us Play 2020:

Our 2019/2020 season started in early September 2019. We are building  a new play list consisting of both old numbers (we must have over a 100 pieces in our repertoire) and some new ones. We will be playing some of these pieces at the following venues (all dates are now 2020):

8th March – Grizzly at Beer (AM)
(
We’re hoping for less windy conditions than last year. Breakfast was good).

8th April – Music Room,  Sidholme Hotel Sidmouth (late morning)

10th April  (Good Friday) – Marine Theatre Lyme Regis (early evening)
(
Beer festival!)

10th May VE Day Celebration in Seaton – (PM 2 sets)
(75th anniversary celebrations)

4th July – Dalwood Music Day.  Early afternoon
(An annual festival in Dalwood)

11th July – Saxminster at Lyme Regis  Performance Area  (AM & PM)
(Our own fun gig of the year  – free to visitors to Lyme Regis)

Possibly another one to add – wait and see!

We’ll firm up on the details when we have more information. Please keep check this website. Thanks

Some Venues/ Gigs from the Last 12 Months: (or what we’ve really been up to in our most recent season)!

December 2018 Light Up Axminster. Axminster
        – unfortunately this was cancelled

December 2018 Carols by Candlelight at the Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth
– great evening, but cold and windy, well attended, played carols and some of our own numbers
– well behaved donkeys! 

Grizzily  at Beer on Sunday March 10th 2019
Last year we were ‘snowed off’ playing at the Grizzily. Beaten by the snow and ice. Hopefully we thought we would be better prepared this year (forecast  is windy and wet). Keeping hold of our music and music stands while trying to play we knew would be interesting!!!!

AND IT WAS SO……..wow was it wind!. Trying to hold down two gazebos, music stands and our music tested us to the mettle. Well done Ali for keeping us together and keeping us going. We’ve had some very appreciative comments on our efforts and playing. Breakfast at a local hostelry before we started was very enjoyable.

What is the Grizzly? To find out CLICK HERE

But here’s a taster

This year Ali (our musical director) had to pull out of the (fun???) event due to injury, so she took to  conducting us. Ali even threatened to play one of her saxophones while conducting us and holding on to her own music (alas it didn’t happen). Instead of a performance fee for playing in Beer for the Grizzly Run our monies were sent to ARC (Axminster Recovery with Counselling).

May 2019 – Concert at Millbrook Village Exeter

We were invited back to play at Millbrook Village Exeter at a Bar-B-Q event on Thursday 23rd May. Quite a night! – all went well until the smoke from the BBQ turned against us -we should have played ‘Smoke Gets in your Eyes’ – one for next year (maybe). Thank you Millbrook it was a great evening and your hospitality was superb.

June 2019 – Lunch Time Concert at the Minster (Axminster)

We were invited back to play a Lunch Time Concert at the Minster (Axminster). This is their 35th season. These concerts are always popular with local residents and visitors. The packed audience seemed to enjoy with our set. The acoustics really allow our sound to flow.

The purpose of these concerts is to support young musicians and local performers alike, as well as encouraging all those who are working towards specific musical goals.

Saxminster’s end of year ‘Play for Fun’ July 2019

This is our annual wrap for the 2018/19 season. As usual this was at Lyme Regis on the sea front (Saturday 13th July). It a time when we can let our hair down (at least a little bit). We put out chairs and anyone is free to come along to sit, stand , walk on, dance etc. and generally come to enjoy with us our music and our playing. We had some good audiences both for the morning and afternoon sets. It’s was free, has seating and is very popular with locals and holiday visitors. Yes you had a chance to hear us twice!. If you missed it watch out for this event in next year’s calendar.

We usually add  a group picture here, but this year our photographer firstly had other ideas!

It’s just so “S’Wonderful’

Funny that…..  we just happened to be playing that song…………………..

I’ve just got time for quick 40 winks between number’s”

And finally – this is how hard we really work……..

Everything is put into our music – including the kitchen sink!

We can’t end without a group picture or two from our Lyme Regis day

Seaton Park Run – Saturday 21st December 2019

Carols galore!

Thanks Ali, Norman & Jon for a really great year!

Our website!

Do you know that SAXMINSTER is East Devon’s own Saxophone Choir (we only play saxophones, and inspite of the title of choir, we do not sing, it would of course be difficult to sing with a saxophone mouthpiece in one’s mouth). This website will tell you all about the music we play, where we play and rehearse, how to join us, how to hire us, give some details of past and future events and something more…., but you’ll have to wait to find out about that!!

Rehearsals for 2020 started in September 2019. We are working on new pieces to add to our current growing list, welcome new members and start to put together a future diary of events for 2020.

In the meantime, if you think you might be interested in joining us, or engage us to play at an event, please go to the ‘contact’ page and drop us a line.