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CLASSICAL SAXOPHONIST, AMY DICKSON, RELEASES ALL GLASS ALBUM IN CELEBRATION OF COMPOSER’S 80TH BIRTHDAY LAUNCH OF DICKSON’S ‘TAKE A BREATH’ CAMPAIGN FOR SCHOOLS

CLASSICAL SAXOPHONIST, AMY DICKSON, RELEASES ALL GLASS ALBUM IN CELEBRATION OF COMPOSER’S 80TH BIRTHDAY LAUNCH OF DICKSON’S ‘TAKE A BREATH’ CAMPAIGN FOR SCHOOLS  Leading classical saxophonist, Amy Dickson, is delighted to announce her brand-new, ground-breaking album of iconic works by Philip Glass in celebration of Glass’s 80th birthday on 31st January 2017. The Sonata for […]
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CLASSICAL SAXOPHONIST, AMY DICKSON,

RELEASES ALL GLASS ALBUM

IN CELEBRATION OF COMPOSER’S 80TH BIRTHDAY

LAUNCH OF DICKSON’S ‘TAKE A BREATH’ CAMPAIGN FOR SCHOOLS

 Leading classical saxophonist, Amy Dickson, is delighted to announce her brand-new, ground-breaking album of iconic works by Philip Glass in celebration of Glass’s 80th birthday on 31st January 2017.

The Sonata for Violin and Piano and the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra were both transcribed for saxophone by Amy Dickson herself with the music from ‘The Hours’ being transcribed for Ms Dickson by her musician husband, Jamie Barclay.

Amy Dickson is joined on the album by long-term music partner, pianist Catherine Milledge (tracks 1–5) together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (tracks 6–8), conducted by Mikel Toms.

BBC Music Magazine wrote of the concerto: “Amy Dickson’s arrangement for soprano saxophone actually works better than the original (which isn’t too surprising: Glass said he wrote the work for his own sound, not that of the violin). The fast passages sound crisper; the bubbling arpeggios and long slow notes have new varied textures thanks to the saxophone’s reedy depth; the insistent solo interjections in the finale now pierce the orchestra; and occasional violin-specific techniques, such as multiple stopping, are translated with no musical loss. It’s helped by a fine, clear recording (with the best percussion sound of any) with well-focussed wind lines, and the punchiest, best-driven brass power in the nicely-near-chaotic finale”.

Amy Dickson made history in 2013 by becoming the first saxophonist to win a Classic BRIT Award as Breakthrough Artist of the Year. This followed the release of her third album ‘Dusk and Dawn’ which attained the coveted Number One in the UK Classical Album Charts. Recognised internationally for her distinctive tone and exceptional musicality, Amy Dickson performs around the world as a sought-after soloist and chamber musician. A devoted champion of her instrument, Amy Dickson is a brilliant interpreter both of established saxophone repertoire and of contemporary compositions, many of which were written for or commissioned by her.

TRACKLISTING:

Philip Glass: Sonata for Violin and Piano (arr. for Saxophone)

1 Movement I

2 Movement II

3 Movement III

Philip Glass: Music from ‘The Hours’

4 Morning Passages

5 Escape!

Philip Glass: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (arr. for Saxophone)

6 I. Crotchet = 104

7 II. Crotchet = 108

8 III. Crotchet = 150

Additionally, Amy is launching her breathing awareness campaign for primary school children: ‘Take A Breath’. The programme is designed to help equip young children in their formative years with simple yet invaluable techniques to encourage them how to breathe properly and thus give support when they are dealing with situations that may cause stress and anxiety, such as preparing for impending examinations.

Having taught herself the advanced ‘circular breathing’ technique in order to perform the Glass works, Amy Dickson quickly realised that she could pass on the message of the importance of good breath control and that by starting with primary school children, this could make a meaningful difference to their overall wellbeing.

From January 2017 the programme will be taken to schools around the United Kingdom, in affiliation with the charity, Children and the Arts (http://www.childrenandarts.org.uk), as ‘Take A Breath’ will be part of the charity’s wellbeing and resilience programme for children and young people.

Leading health professional, Gerry Gajadharsingh, Osteopath & Diagnostic Consultant, noted: If primary school children learn how to breathe properly by getting into the habit of practising bit by bit, they will be able to influence how their bodies and minds work on a profound level.”

For further information, please visit: www.amydickson.com

 

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