Special Guest Artist
As one of the leading British saxophone quartets among the new generation of artists, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet consistently receives a highly enthusiastic reception from audiences and critics alike. Winner of the 2015 Royal Over-Seas League’s Ensemble Competition, the quartet was also a Park Lane Group Artist and St John’s Smith Square Young Artist for 2016-2017.
Since then, their engagements have included performances at Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Bermuda, Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton, Newbury, Machynlleth, North Norfolk and Petworth Festivals. Commissioning new music is also an important strand of Ferio’s work and they have commissioned works by Laura Bowler, Simon Rowland-Jones and Guillermo Lago.
More recent highlights include performances at Beaminster and Ryedale Festivals, a first visit to Festival Septembre Musical de l’Orne in Normandy, further collaborations with pianist Timothy End at Church Stretton Festival and Absolute Classics, and taking masterclasses at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Ferio records with Chandos Records, for whom they have released three discs: their debut commercial CD ‘Flux’ in July 2017, ‘Revive’ in November 2018 – launched at ‘Rhinegold Live’, hosted by Classical Music Magazine – and most recently ‘Evoke’ in October 2021 with pianist Timothy End, including world premiere recordings of three brand new arrangements by Iain Farrington. Their fourth album for Chandos, in collaboration with vocal ensemble the Corvus Consort, features Baroque and Renaissance works in new transcriptions and arrangements for voices and saxophones, as well as works by living composers, and is due for release in 2022.
“What’s immediately striking ... is the tonal subtlety and expressiveness of the Ferios’ playing”
— Gramophone, Richard Bratby
“… the Ferios certainly have skill on their side, and every emotional hue you could want – smoky, honeyed, shrieking or sad.”
— BBC Music Magazine, Geoff Brown
“The Ferios infuse everything they do with such a lovely, engaging personality.”
— MusicWeb International, Dan Morgan
Photo by Alessandro Tear