James Rae Woodwind Weekend

Saturday & Sunday July 20th & 21st 2019

We have all played his compositions over the years, whether it was whilst taking an ABRSM or Trinity Graded exam or just playing for fun. Now come and work with the man himself. James will be leading a two day woodwind workshop aimed at Clarinet, Saxophone & Flute players of all ages and abilities. James Rawlinson and Andrew Blee from JazzSmart will be on hand to help out.

James Rae studied clarinet, bass clarinet, piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1975-79. His professors were Yona Ettlinger, Stephen Trier, Meriel Jefferson and Patric Standford respectively. Since leaving the Guildhall, he has pursued a highly successful and varied career. His work falls into three areas, performing, writing and teaching.

He is the leader of the Phoenix Saxophone Quartet who over the years have given many recitals and BBC broadcasts. They have also recorded the complete works of Carey Blyton on two albums The Return of Bulgy Gogo and Sherlock Holmes meets Dr Who.

As a composer, James Rae is one of Europe’s most published writers of educational wind music. He has at present over 250 publications to his credit mainly published by Universal Edition. His music includes instrumental study books, sonatas, tutors, baroque, classical and jazz transcriptions plus many volumes of duets many of which are to be found on all the major wind examination syllabuses worldwide. He has also written four musicals for schools with Mike Cornick.

One of his larger commissions was a major work for concert band called The Turn of a Wheel which premiered in November 1999. It was written for the North Tyneside Concert Band of which he was a founder member as a boy. A more recent commission in 2012, for the same band was his overture Moving On which was performed in the presence of H.R.H. Princess Anne at the opening of the restored Tynemouth Station.

James Rae has worked extensively as a syllabus consultant and composer for both the Associated Board and Trinity College London. He has been highly involved with the development of the woodwind sight-reading requirements for both exam boards. As a teacher, James Rae has held many posts in both the state and independent sector. He currently works at King’s College School Wimbledon, where he directs the Wind Orchestra and Concert Band, and Shrewsbury House School in Surbiton, where he coaches three large bands and a chamber group.

He has adjudicated at many music festivals and competitions throughout the country and has tutored and conducted on numerous courses. He has presented many masterclasses and workshops in music centres in the UK and around the world.

Sponsored by Yanagisawa Saxophones and Vandoren.