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
World Saxophone Congress Performances
Alastair recently gave three performances at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Croatia. A clip from one of the performances can be seen here. More recordings to follow soon!
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.
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.
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 1.25 milion views. Click here to visit.