undefinedSax students with Alastair and Gerard

Come and play your saxophone in small and large groups with music provided and expert help and encouragement.


Resident: £453 Non-Resident: £345 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 22/325

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Monday 18 October 2021.

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Monday 15 November 2021.

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here

What is the course about?

On Gerard and Alastair's popular course you’ll play in ensembles ranging from quartets to a whole sax choir, exploring a wide range of music that will be provided. No previous experience of ensemble playing is necessary, but participants must be competent sight readers. The tutors are hugely experienced performers and educators, and you’ll benefit from ensemble coaching, performances and technique classes that cover all aspects of playing the saxophone in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Please let us know what size(s) of instrument you intend to bring when you apply. The basis level of playing for this course is around Grade 5, though students through to Diploma level regularly attend. Benslow fosters an inclusive and supportive environment and during the course players of all abilities will have the chance to play together and learn from each other. If you have any doubts about being of a suitable level then Benslow Music will be pleased to put the tutors in touch with you.

Tutor website: www.saxsaxsax.com / www.alastairpenman.co.uk

What will we cover?

The course is aimed at improving sight reading and chamber music skills. The tutors have a large library of saxophone music and tips to improve playing are added in throughout the course. The main key to the course is variety so in one session you could be playing Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’ in an octet and in the next some Bach in a quartet. Styles of music covered include folk, jazz, classical and pop. 

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

The course is aimed at improving sight reading and chamber music skills.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Standard: Improver, Confident, Skilful

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

You will play in everything from a quartet to large ensemble.  No preparation is required.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

No, it will be provided by the tutors on the course.

Is there anything I need to bring?

The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly. Participants are encouraged to bring more than one type of saxophone.

What previous participants said about this course…

“A friendly, non-judgemental environment (with fabulous food) where you get unique opportunities to test your musical abilities!”

“Go for it! I was initially doubtful I would feel at ease as although I am experienced in ensemble playing and play saxophone a lot I have had no formal training or exams on the instrument. I had a great time and did not feel out of place. All the students were friendly and generous in their playing.”

“One of the best sax courses I've attended at Benslow Music. Some new music and much of it manageable but that pushed me just enough.”