Alastair Penman

Hailed as a “pioneering instrumentalist and writer” and praised for his “surpassingly beautiful music” and “undoubtedly brilliant mind”, British saxophonist Alastair Penman is a dynamic and versatile performer and composer, presenting contemporary music in new and exciting ways. Having earned masters’ degrees in both Information and Computer Engineering (University of Cambridge) and Saxophone Performance (Royal Northern College of Music), Alastair has a strong interest in the fusion of live saxophone performance with electronic effects, backings, and enhancements... Read more 


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Further Radio 3 performances

We are delighted that friend of the Borealis Saxophone Quartet, Lucy Armstrong has recently become a BBC Introducing Artist, and as part of this, Radio 3 played our recording of Lucy's piece Same, Same, But Different on In Tune.  Following this, we made a further live appearance on In Tune, performing part of Same, Same, But Different as well as talking to Verity Sharp and performing three other pieces. You can see a video of us playing live on In Tune on the BBC website.


EurSax '17 Performance in Portugal

Alastair recently performed at the European Saxophone Congress (EurSax '17) in Porto, Portugal.  You can watch his performance in the main hall at the Conservatorio de Musica do Porto here.


Radio 3 airplay and live performance

Recently Alastair has been selected as a BBC Introducing Artist, and his recording of Glass by Graham Fitkin from Electric Dawn was played on In Tune on Radio 3.  The Borealis Saxophone Quartet have also been selected as BBC Introducting Artists, and were interviewed by Sean Rafferty and performed live on air - listen to one of the pieces from the programme here.


Electric Dawn
Alastair's debut album, Electric Dawn is now available on Sospiro Records. Check out the video below for an overview of the project, click here for more info and reviews or click here to buy on Amazon.

Saxophone Resources

As part of his work as an educator Alastair maintains a YouTube channel of saxophone resources for students.  The channel contains over 450 videos and has received over 1.2 milion views.  Click here to visit.

For more info about Alastair's latest album, Electric Dawn, click here.

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