Borealis Saxophone Quartet


Alastair Penman - Soprano Saxophone

Hailed as a “pioneering instrumentalist and writer” and praised for his “surpassingly beautiful music” and “undoubtedly brilliant mind”, saxophonist Alastair Penman is a dynamic and versatile performer and composer, presenting contemporary music in new and exciting ways. Having earned masters’ degrees in both Information and Computer Engineering (University of Cambridge) and Saxophone Performance (Royal Northern College of Music), Alastair has a strong interest in the fusion of live saxophone performance with electronic effects, backings, and enhancements to create often previously undiscovered sound-worlds.

As a soloist, Alastair has performed at venues including Milton Court Concert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly and The Forge. He has been a guest recitalist at both the RNCM and CCCU Saxophone Days, presenting music from his critically acclaimed album Electric Dawn.

Alastair also performs with pianist Edward Liddall, presenting projects ranging from the traditional French saxophone repertoire through to showcasing contemporary British composers.  The duo are Park Lane Group Artists.

Alastair’s talents have been recognised with awards from the City Music Foundation, RNCM, St Catharine’s College (Cambridge) and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.  In addition, Alastair leads the Borealis Saxophone Quartet, who are Live Music Now and Park Lane Group Artists.

Borealis Saxophone Quartet 2014