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 and classical 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), and now a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alastair has a strong interest in the fusion of live saxophone performance with electronic effects, backings, and enhancements... Read more
New album, Soar, out now!
Alastair's new album, Soar, with pianist Jonathan Pease was released on 16th June 2023. Described by mfiles.co.uk as "an extended dazzling display of talent." Find out more about the album and get your copy here.
Compositions selected for ABRSM and Trinity Saxophone Syllabuses 2022-
Alastair is delighted to have had five of his compositions selected for the new Trinity Saxophone syllabus and two for the new ABRSM syllabus from 2022 onwards. Duets from his collection Stepping Out (published by Saxtet Publications) appear on the Grade 1 & 2 ABRSM saxophone syllabus and Grade 1, 2 &3 Trinity syllabus. Drifting (Saxtet Publications) appears on the Grade 5 Trinity Saxophone syllabus.
Livestream Recital from the Great Hall at St Barts
Alastair was delighted to give a recital with pianist Jonathan Pease as part of the City Music Foundation series from the Great Hall at St Barts, London.
You can watch the concert below, or direct on this YouTube link
Do You Hear Me? released
Alastair's EP, Do You Hear Me? was released on Sospiro Records on 18th December 2020. The EP features brand new compositions by Alastair reflecting on the climate emergency that we are living through. All proceeds from the EP will be donated to charities fighting climate change. Find out more about the project and watch the stunning videos by Tom Gimson that accompany it at https://www.doyouhearme.info
Critics have described the project at "Damn good music" (Planet Hugill), "A superb mix of sounds" (Nicolas Prost), "a beautiful and groundbreaking fusion" (Dawkes Music) and "brutally honest and individual" (Andy Scott).