Naomi Sullivan Saxophone Workshop

Naomi Sullivan Saxophone Workshop – 9th /10th October 2021

Durlston Court School, Barton on Sea, Hampshire.
Naomi Sullivan

NEW for 2021, a saxophone workshop with Naomi Sullivan, head of saxophone at the excellent Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. We welcome Naomi Sullivan to JazzSmart in 2021, for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of learning all about the saxophone and ensemble playing. Sponsored by by D’Addario Woodwinds, Vandoren and Yanagisawa Saxophones.

There will be sessions on:

  • Saxophone ensemble playing
  • Playing through the Saxophone Ensemble timeline, from Berlioz to today!
  • Core technique – Discuss the foundation of great saxophone playing
  • Extended techniques for every level of playing!
  • Building a practice routine to achieve constant results
  • Free improvisation session to create a devised, group piece
  • Small chamber sessions (quartets, trios, duos)
  • How to stay motivated and practise efficiently

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to work with the JazzSmart team and get to celebrate all things saxophonic! Regardless of previous playing ability or experience, we will cover a wide range of topics: both practical instrumental playing alongside listening, ensemble skills, economic practising and exploring the performance mindset. It will be fantastic to have a whole weekend to cover all these aspects with the view to finding more confidence, more trust in our playing and performing, to gain new ideas and approaches to enjoy our music making even more!” Naomi Sullivan

Naomi lives and works as a freelance saxophonist in London. She has been Head of Saxophone at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire since 2008.

After studies in Manchester (Chetham’s School of Music), London (Royal College of Music) and Evanston (Northwestern University, Chicago), she performed in the UK as part of the Countess of Muster Recital Scheme, Park Lane Group and ‘Live Music Now!’

As a chamber musician, Naomi has been part of several groups – including Paragon Saxophone Quartet, Zephirus Quartet and Flotilla, (lead by Kyle Horch: In January 2020 she joined the Laefer Quartet (

Naomi Sullivan

In 2009, at the World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Naomi co-founded syzygy, with the aim to perform established contemporary works alongside promoting new music for saxophone quartet. syzygy has played at Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, as part of the Frontiers + Andriessen Festival, where they performed Louis Andriessen’s Facing Death, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series and ‘Proud’, Camden. In 2014, with support from Help Musician’s UK, C.A.S.S and the many kind supporters of a Kickstarter project, syzygy released a debut recording of David Maslanka’s ‘Songs for the Coming Day’.

She is currently performing with Sounding Cities ( – a collaborative project that uses audio/visual arts to explore the environment in which we live. Sounding Cities works with composers and visual artists to devise performances inspired by responses to our urban surroundings – questioning how we experience contemporary music and how music and art can mirror our fast changing cities.

As an orchestral musician, Naomi has worked for a number of UK orchestras including Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, The Opera Group, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Swan and Music Theatre Wales and most recently with Chineke.

In September 2007 Naomi started teaching at Birmingham Conservatoire. She has given masterclasses at a number of institutes including the Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music, Well’s Cathedral School, the Purcell School, the 2017 Andorra SaxFest, the Royal Conservatoires of Antwerp, Brussels, Ferrara, Fermo, Lucerne and Amsterdam. She has taught at the Purcell School, City of London School, Hindhead Summer Course, and for various saxophone days in the UK.

We have now set it up for you to be able to book easier than ever before. Book via ticketsource fast and secure. Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact at or by calling 07708 091675 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.

The workshop will be held at Durlston Court School, Becton Lane,  Barton On Sea, Hampshire, BH25 7AQ.

Participant information:

You’ll need an instrumental ability of Grade 3 standard or above. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 3 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better.
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand.
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.
We provide a hot lunch each day and hot/cold refreshments for the breaks.
The cost of this workshop for two days is only £135.
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am – 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am – 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am – 1pm
Lunch: 1pm – 2pm
Session three: 2pm – 3pm
Afternoon break: 3pm – 3.30pm
Session four: 3.30pm – 4.30pm

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