The Laefer Quartet: October 15th 2022


Saturday October 15th 2022 at 5pm

St Michael’s Church, Michaelchurch Escley HR2 0JS

The Laefer Quartet is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and dynamic saxophone quartets currently performing in the UK.

Known for their ‘mercurially brilliant playing’, and with a fresh twist on classical repertoire, they are sure to excite! Further details below.


Maurice Ravel                    Le Tombeau de Couperin: I Prélude, IV Rigaudon

Igor Stravinsky                   Circus Polka

David Maslanka                 Recitation Book 

Jean-Baptiste Singélee      Premiere Quatuor pour Saxophones, Op. 53

Clare Loveday                    Untitled

Theirry Escaich                  Tango Virtuoso

Michael Nyman                 Three Movements from String Quartet No. 2


Widely regarded as one of the most exciting and dynamic saxophone quartets currently active in the UK, The Laefer Quartet have received numerous awards including Park Lane Group Artists and the Elias Fawcett Ensemble Award for an Outstanding Ensemble in the 2017 Royal Overseas League Competition.  Previously, they were also Making Music Selected Artists.

Formed in 2012 at the Royal College of Music, the Laefer Quartet were awarded the Boconnoc Music Award during their time there, and they have since been performing across the UK and at metropolitan venues including the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall, St James’ Piccadilly and The Forge in Camden.

As both individuals and as a group, the quartet are experienced in a variety of genres. In particular they specialise in performing contemporary classical repertoire and transcriptions of works by classical composers. Performance highlights have included the closing concert in Malta’s Three Palaces Festival; three world premieres as part of the Listenpony concert series; a ‘Nonclassical’ debut at The Victoria, Dalston; and UK premieres of works by contemporary composers such as Ivan Fedele, Ed Scolding, William Marsey, Andrew Chen and Alexander Glyde-Bates.

Premiering works by Giles Swayne and Charlotte Harding, the quartet made their St John’s Smith Square debut in 2017, followed by their Wigmore Hall debut in May 2018. In addition, in January 2019 they gave their Purcell Room debut to a full house as part of the Southbank Centre’s SoundState Festival, with a programme of 21st century saxophone works including a world premiere by Michael Cryne.

The word ‘Laefer’ (pronounced lay-fer) is Anglo-Saxon for ‘reed’ and ‘sheet metal’.

Amy Green, soprano sax
Naomi Sullivan, alto sax
Samuel Mallia, tenor sax
Stephen Shepherd, baritone sax

Additional information

Ticket Type

Adult, Student

Venue: St Michael's Church, Michaelchurch Escley

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Address: St Michael's, Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire, HR2 0JS, United Kingdom

Description: Quite a large church for a small village, St Michael's was restored in the nineteenth century. This was done with a tad more sensitivity than was always the case, although the grim message over the Victorian lych gate is not necessarily encouraging. Apart from that, the most obvious external addition is the west tower from 1897. Inside, the screen is from a similar period, although the Art Deco pews are a little later. The most striking aspect in the church, however, is the medieval wall painting of Christ of the Trades.