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
Compositions selected for ABRSM Saxophone Syllabus 2022-
Alastair is honoured to have had two of his compositions selected for the new ABRSM saxophone syllabus from 2022 onwards. Duets from his collection Stepping Out (published by Saxtet Publications) appear on both the Grade 1 and Grade 2 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 on 17th March.
You can watch the concert below, or direct on this YouTube link
Do You Hear Me? released
Alastair's new 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. 50% of 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).
Recording for The John Harle Collection
Alastair is delighted to have been invited to record a track for John Harle's new 20 album career retrospective, The John Harle Collection. All proceeds from the collection are being donated to the Help Musicians Coronavirus Hardship Fund. Alastair plays all the saxophone parts on the recording of Little Death Machine for saxophone quratet and tape, available here.
Appointed Professor of Saxophone at Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Having served as Visiting Professor of Saxophone and Electronics for a number of years, Alastair is delighted to have been appointed Professor of Saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he will continue to work with students within the saxophone department.
During the Lockdown I've been involved in a number of international collaborations, as well as having created a number of multi-track videos. You can view one of the collaborations, with South-African saxophonist Matthew Lombard below, or click here to see the YouTube playlist of them all!
Henri Selmer Paris and Vandoren UK Artist
Having played on Selmer saxophones and mouthpieces and Vandoren Reeds for my whole career, I am excited to have become both a Henri Selmer Paris Artist and a Vandoren UK Artist! I look forward to working together with both Selmer and Vandoren and playing on their fantastic instruments, mouthpeices and reeds!
Recent Radio 3 performances
As a BBC Introducing Artist both as a soloist and with the Borealis Saxophone Quartet, Alastair has enjoyed a lot of recent airplay on Radio 3. Initially Alastair's recording of Glass by Graham Fitkin from the album Electric Dawn was played by Katie Derham, and since this the Borealis Saxophone Quartet have performed live on Radio 3 on three occasions, mostly recently in a performance at the BBC Introducing Proms Plus event. A couple of recordings from these appearances can be found on the Radio 3 website here (The Lone Ar-ranger goes Sax Mad) and here (Lost Bronze).
Saxophone & Clarinet Resources
As part of his work as an educator Alastair maintains a YouTube channel of saxophone and clarinet resources (mostly classical) for students. The channel contains over 500 videos and has received over 2.5 million views. Click here to visit.