Saxophonists of Marici Saxes
Sarah Field, Fiona Asbury, Hannah Riches, Josie Simmons
Sarah Field ’s work as a trumpeter and saxophonist is diverse and wholly unique. Performances have taken her from the Mercury award winning band ‘Elbow’ to Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto at the Southbank, London to the UK premiere of Stockhausen’s “Abduction” for saxophone and electronics.
Performing regularly on a range of instruments Sarah has appeared with “Sting” on his tour of Europe and DVD “On a Winters Night”. She has recorded with Guy Garvey & Elbow and also toured with English songwriters Seal and Ben Howard. Past solo appearances include performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra with Christopher Warren-Green, concerto’s with RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Kwa Zulu Natal Philharmonic in South Africa with Eno Shao and a performance of Ibert’s Saxophone Concertino with the UK’s critically acclaimed Aurora Orchestra.
What Fiona Asbury does depends on exactly which day you’re asking. Her versatility has resulted in her being in demand not only as a classical musician but also a jazz, pop and electronica player. She plays flute, clarinet and keyboards, isn't afraid to whack out some backing vocals, composes, mimes regularly on TV, and can step left and right whilst clicking her fingers.
One minute she could be all elbows and eyebrows, giving classical recitals in prestigious concert venues; the next, preening some victory rolls and saluting 1940s swing in The Bombshellettes. She might be performing at 1am in a derelict factory in Estonia with a dark Electronica band. Or she could be counting hundreds of bars' rest before a short solo in some of the UK's finest orchestras. Then again, she might be belting out pop licks over a DJ set in the ruins of an old Lebanese monastery. Or teaching a young offender how to play samba rhythms.
Suffice to say, she pinches herself every day when she realises what a hugely enjoyable and varied career she is lucky enough to lead.
Hannah made the move to London after 4 years in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music and has never looked back since. Following her master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she has established herself as an in demand saxophonist and woodwind player.
Hannah thoroughly enjoys the variety of work she does. She has been lucky enough to tour Europe annually since 2012 with Abba The Show (National Symphony Orchestra) and she recently enjoyed a short run of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet with the renowned Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra as part of their Royal Opera House ballet season.
Alongside saxophone Hannah also plays flute and clarinet. Her musical theatre work includes Chicago The Musical (UK tour plus part of the US tour in Dubai) and the UK premiere of In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse.
Josie is a diverse performer/composer and experienced teacher with knowledge of both classical and jazz fields. Since leaving the 'Guildhall School of Music' with a first class honours degree she has performed as an ensemble player and or soloist with a number of classical groups which include The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cellorhythmics, Sarum Orchestra and the Brandenburg Sinfonia in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and the National Portrait Gallery.
Jazz wise she has played with luminaries such as John Surman, Henry Lowther and Chris Lawrence and has performed with the London Jazz Orchestra in venues such as The Vortex Jazz Club and QEH Foyer.
An active composer Josie also writes music for various groups and has written and performed her own saxophone concerto ‘Born Of Fire’ which reflects the instruments character by transcending between classical and jazz idioms.
Recently Josie has become interested in folk music and performs regularly on tin whistle and soprano saxophone in the London Irish Band (LIB) who she is currently writing and recording an album with.
As well as performing regularly Josie is also an influential teacher and works for St Albans School and Enfield and Haringey Boroughs in London.