Amy plays sax

PUBLISHED: 17:09 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:43 15 June 2010

Amy Dickson

Amy Dickson

Further details are now to hand about a fascinating recital to be given at Colyton by the outstanding young Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson and pianist Martin Cousin.

Further details are now to hand about a fascinating recital to be given at Colyton by the outstanding young Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson and pianist Martin Cousin. It takes place on Saturday, December 6, at 7.30pm, in the Feoffees Hall, and is the latest in the Concerts for Colyton series.

Born in Sydney, Amy (pictured) has played with all the major Australian symphony orchestras and has been heard in many European cities.

She is a strong supporter of contemporary music and this is reflected in the programme chosen for her Colyton recital when all but one item will be from the 20th century. That one piece will be a Fantaisie by the French composer Jules Auguste Demersseman, born in 1833. His name may be unfamiliar to most people but this piece is popular with saxophonists. He was a fellow student of Adolphe Sax, whose invention of the instrument made an immediate impact on the composers of paraphrases, fantaisies, etc, fitting in well with the established primacy of French wind playing.

Another French work comes with Milhaud's very popular Scaramouche, which has been arranged for a wide variety of instruments, and then there will be Rachmaninov's Vocalise, originally for the voice, but also subject to many arrangements. Debussy's La Plus que Lent, intended as a piano solo, and similarly the three Preludes of George Gershwin, follow.

The second half opens with two works by the Argentinian tango king Astor Piazzolla and then there is Hindson's In Search of Ecstasy, with a title that explains itself. Finally there is the exciting Pequena Czarda by the Spanish composer Pedro Iturralde, born in 1929. This is a programme likely to open up new worlds to the audience.

Amy is partnered by Robin Cousin, considered to be one of the most dynamic pianists of his generation. Apart from his concert work, his hands had a distinguished role in the highly acclaimed film Shine, where they appeared in the sequences that featured Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto.

Tickets may be obtained from Brainwave, Colyton, or by ringing (01297) 553238.

John Dalton

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