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On Saturday morning, I got a text from my friend Josie asking if I fancied going to a concert by the London Saxophone Choir the following evening. I had no idea what to expect, but I wasn't doing anything else and I hadn't seen Josie for a while, so I accepted.

It turned out to be a lovely performance, under the cherub-heavy roof of St George the Martyr in Borough. The first half was all preclassical music, of which I knew only Summer Is Icumen In. I love the sound of mediaeval music but I know so little about it, it all just makes me think vaguely of big halls with log fires, jesters, and large hairy dogs. Also Christmas.

The second half then went ultramodern, with five pieces composed by members of the group and performed in public for the first time. The first of these was called The Young Person's Guide to the Saxophone, and I learned the six kinds of sax present, from the tiny, tootling sopranino to the mighty bass. (Josie whispered that there is an even larger and deeper contrabass, and I see from Wikipedia that there's a subcontrabass too.)

It was all so much fun, I could almost forgive them for not playing the theme from The Pink Panther.
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Glad you liked it so much. You should try Tallis (16th century). Apparently, Fifty Shades of Grey has made Spem in alium popular (what?) but that doesn't stop it being wonderful.

Edited at 2014-05-12 02:32 pm (UTC)
No Yakety sax either? XD

My sister used to play the Baritone Sax; it was a honkin huge instrument.

Ever see a subcontrabass flute? EVIL.
I guess they get asked for those two pieces a lot...

There's obviously a whole world of bizarro instruments out there of which I was unaware!
XD I bet they do.

I play a couple of said bizzaro instruments. It's one of my life goals to play EVERY brass instrument that's available. So far, I've played the sopranino trumpet, a coronet, a trumpet, a flugelhorn, an alto horn, a French horn, a trombone, a bass trombone, a sousaphone, an Eb tuba, and of course, my standard go-tos of Euphonium and Baritone horn. I want to play them all. It's like brass wind instrument pokemon. LOL!
I love the word flugelhorn! I think I first heard it in a Monkees song.
That sounds quite neat! And wow, I never knew there was such a thing as a subcontrabass saxophone.
I know! The things you learn!