Bach’s Italian Concerto played by the Ferio Saxophone Quartet

A charming arrangement of Bach’s Italian Concerto played by the Ferio Saxophone Quartet. Hear them in London this Thursday lunchtime:

Posted by Classic FM on Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Thursday 10 August 7:30pm, Church Stretton School £18

As one of the leading British saxophone quartets among the new generation of artists, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet has received deservedly enthusiastic reactions from audiences and critics alike.

In 2015 Ferio made their debut at the Purcell Room, as winners of The Philharmonia /Martins Musical Ensemble Award and during the same year were winners of the Royal Over-Seas League’s Ensemble Competition. They received the Tunnell Trust Award in 2014/15 and were Park Lane Group Artists for the 2016 season. The ensemble has also been appointed as a St. John’s Smith Square Young Artist 2016-2017; during their year on the scheme the Young Artist programme will involve the quartet in a number of projects focussing on marketing, commissioning and outreach work in addition to their series of concerts.

Addis Ababa by Guillermo Lago, from Ciudades

The ensemble has performed at London’s Southbank Centre and Conway Hall, Cambridge Summer Festival, Three Choirs Festival and has given concert tours in Scotland and the Channel Islands. Recent engagements also include Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton, Newbury, Machynlleth and Petworth Festivals and Wigmore Hall.

Commissioning new music is an important strand of Ferio’s work. As Park Lane Group Artists, they recently gave the world premiere of a work by Laura Bowler which they subsequently performed at Wigmore Hall. They also work closely with composer Guillermo Lago and have commissioned him to write a new work for the quartet. The composition, inspired by three of William Wordsworth’s poems, receives its premiere performance at St. John’s Smith Square, London, in April 2017.

Ferio has signed with Chandos Records to record their debut commercial CD. The disc will be out on general release in July 2017.

Michael Robert Williams Photography

Hear and see more here.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):  Italian Concerto BWV 971, arr. K. Tochio

Jean Françaix (1912-1997): Petit Quatuor Pour Saxophones

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): Air from Holberg Suite, op. 40, arr. Ferio

Eugène Bozza (1905-1991): Andante et Scherzo

Will Gregory (b. 1959): Hoe Down

Hugo Reinhart (b. 1958): Quartet in F minor for Saxophone Quartet

Guillermo Lago (b. 1960): The Wordsworth Poems

Guillermo Lago (b. 1960): Three movements from Ciudades