'Saxhorn Fest' at Salford  

Katrina Marzella and Helen Varley will lead a new combined Tenor Horn & Baritone 'Saxhorn Fest' Day at the University of Salford early this year. Aimed at exploring and developing the potential of the traditional brass band 'middle of the band' the event will take place at Pell Hall on 3rd February. 

The day will be run with the support of the Salford Saturday Music School, a monthly event set up by the University's Music Department to enhance those wanting to advance their skills in music. The 'Saxhorn Fest' will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and will be an inclusive day of fun filled activities aimed at all ages and abilities.  
Activities will include ensemble playing and featured soloists, and will also première new pieces written especially for the occasion. 

The 'Saxhorn Fest' leaders, Katrina Marzella of Black Dyke and Helen Varley of Grimethorpe Colliery, are leading exponents of the baritone and tenor horn and are highly respected instrumental tutors at the University of Salford. Speaking about the project Katrina commented: "We're excited to be holding this joint event aimed specifically at the middle of the band, which we both think the heart of the brass band sound. We have some great activities for the participants and it is sure to be a fun day!" Helen added: "We are pleased to be holding the event at the University of Salford, where both Katrina and I are tutors. It's fantastic to see how the University music courses have increased recently, and this is the perfect venue for such an event." 

The cost for the full day is £5 payable on the day.  
Places are limited, so please do get in touch quickly if you would like to take part. Anyone interested should e-mail Helen at HLVarley@gmail.com and register their name, instrument (tenor horn or baritone), approximate standard, band, e-mail address and phone number. 


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