Piano-saxophone duo performing in village

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A SAXOPHONE and piano duo are to perform at Swineshead Village Hall on Friday.

Huw Wiggin and Joseph Houston will be performing pieces by artists including Gershwin, Bernstein, Debussy and Liszt.

The pair met at the Royal College of Music (RCM) two years ago and are currently performing around the UK under the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme.

Saxophonist Huw Wiggin, 24, made his Purcell Room debut in January 2010 and returned in October of the same year as winner of a Martin Musical/Philharmonia Orchestra Scholarship Award.

Huw trained in Manchester at Chethams School of Music and further at the Royal Northern College of Music gaining a first class honours degree in 2008 graduating with a mark of 98 per cent for his final recital, the highest mark ever received by a woodwind specialist.

He then studied at the Musikhochschule, Cologne, in Germany and is currently studying at the RCM in London.

His recent successes include reaching the woodwind final of the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition 2011 and being selected to appear in the Park Lane Group New Year Series 2010.

Pianist Joseph Houston is currently in the second year of a Masters in advanced performance at the RCM.

In his first year he won second prize in the Beethoven Piano competition, overall in the Hatfield and District Music Festival and was selected to take part in the 2010 London Sinfonietta Academy.

Before the RCM he completed a BA in music at the University of York, where he received a first class honours, and the Wilfred Mellers Prize for outstanding academic achievement.

He has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician in venues throughout England, including the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, in York, St James’ Church, Piccadilly, London’s Steinway Hall and Kings Place.

In November 2009 he led a performance of the British composer Michael Zev Gordon’s The Impermanence of Things for solo piano and ensemble, in the RCM’s Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall.

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £12, children free.

l Information: call 01205 820246.