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