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Local musicians and Highland Youth Big Band to support acclaimed Australian saxophonist

Issued: 5 Nov 2010

Internationally acclaimed Australian saxophonist Barry Cockcroft will be performing in Inverness on Friday 12th November. Barry has become well known for both his virtuosic saxophone playing and also his popular compositions. In what promises to be an entertaining evening, he will perform his own arrangements of some of his favourite music. Supporting Barry on stage will be his 6 piece band featuring local musicians Rob Farmer trumpet, Rachel Farmer clarinet, Fiona Sellar piano, Rona Mackay bass and Clair Munro drums. These fine musicians will be led by Australian flautist and musical director, Sam Seabrook.

Barry has performed extensively around the world with visits to over 60 countries and is looking forward to what will be his first performance in Scotland. Upcoming performances include a concerto appearance with the United States Navy Band in Washington, a solo recital of his own compositions in London at the British Saxophone Congress, several concerts with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and performances and workshops in Beijing, China.

Also featured in the concert will be Highland Youth Big Band. They are one of the eight Regional Music Groups run as an extension to the tuition provided by The Highland Council's Instrumental Tuition Service. Its members are drawn from all corners of Highland and have been chosen after audition. This is the Band's 6th year of existence and there will be another opportunity to hear them later in the month when they perform in the Osprey Arena at MacDonald Aviemore Resort on Saturday 20 November as part of the Highland Regional Music Groups Concert. They have already made a spectacular impact on the musical life of the Highland's at their previous public performances in Inverness, Aviemore, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, and Kristianstad in Sweden.

The concert with Barry and guests will be held at 7pm on Friday the 12th of November at the Spectrum Centre, Inverness. Tickets are available at the door: £8 Adults, £6 under 18.

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