Anthony Brown studied as a saxophonist at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is classically trained, winning prizes and awards from The Worshipful Company of Musicians, The Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist competition, The Tillett Trust, Making Music, the Bromsgrove International Young Musicians' Platform and Park Lane Group. He has a passion for a variety of music and has enjoyed performing with such artists as Everything Everything, Alexander Stewart and Beats and Pieces.
Piano - Leo Nicholson
Piano - Simon Parkin
As a saxophonist, Anthony graduated with an International Artist Diploma in chamber music on a full scholarship as well as a First Class Honours degree from the Royal Northern College of Music. At the pinnacle of his fourth year of study at the RNCM, Anthony attained 100% in his final recital; a first for any woodwind student at the RNCM. In 2011 he was nominated by the Principal, Jonty Stockdale, for the Worshipful Company of Musicians' prestigious Silver Medal. Following auditions with The Company, the Tillett Trust's Young Artists' Platform and the Park Lane Group's Young Artists New Year Series, Anthony has successfully secured recitals with pianist Leo Nicholson at the Wigmore Hall in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and also at the Southbank Centre's Purcell Room in 2014. They have also performed extensively throughout the UK and at other London venues such as St. James's Piccadilly and St. Martin-in-the-fields.

During Anthony's Southbank Park Lane Group concert in 2014, he performed the world premire of Coronach for alto saxophone and piano by Graham Ross. Following its success, Graham composed a work for saxophone and the choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Ascendo ad patrem was premired at Spitalfields Music Festival in London in June 2014 and recorded for the record label Harmonia Mundi USA, which is due for release in Spring 2015.

Anthony has attained great success in national competitions. He competed in the 24th Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition, winning first prize from 164 entrants and also the Bromsgrove International Young Musicians' Platform winning first prize. He has won other awards including one of the Hattori Foundation's Senior Awards for 2014 as well as becoming a selected artist for Making Music on the Philip and Dorothy Green award for young concert artists 2013, which provides a platform for further engagements around the country.

With a passion for education, he has given workshops in primary schools through to tuition at university level. He has worked as part of an ensemble for Live Music Now! and Music in Hospitals, and also provided solo workshops through WCOM. Anthony's versatility means that he is also a confident jazz player. He has enjoyed European competition success as part of the saxophone section in Beats and Pieces Big Band, winning the Burghausen Jazz Prize 2011 as well as performing live and recorded broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.
Saxophonist Anthony Brown graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with an International Artist Diploma in chamber music and a First Class Honours degree, attaining full marks in his final recital.

He has won awards from The Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Tillett Trust, Park Lane Group, Making Music and the Hattori Foundation, as well as first prize in the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition and the Bromsgrove International Young Musicians’ Platform.
Anthony Brown has performed extensively throughout the UK, including solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall (2013, 2014, 2015) and the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room (2014). He has performed with orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmoic, Hallé, Opera North, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He features on a CD with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, and has performed live and recorded broadcasts as a soloist at the BBC Proms and also with Beats and Pieces Big Band on BBC Radio 3.

Anthony currently has plans to record his debut CD, which will draw upon composers and musicians that have influenced his early career.
Example Lunchtime Recital Programme
J.B Singelée - Fantasie Op. 89

Maurice Ravel - Sonatine

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Fantasia

George Gershwin - 3 Preludes

Paule Maurice - Tableaux de Provence

Example Evening Recital Programme
Astor Piazzolla - Michelangelo '70

Graham Fitkin - Glass

Maurice Ravel - Sonatine

George Gershwin - 3 Preludes

Paule Maurice - Tableaux de Provence


Mark-Anthony Turnage - Two Elegies Framing a Shout

J.B Singelée - Fantasie Op. 89

Claude Debussy - Reverie; Petite Piece; Golliwogg's Cakewalk

Roger Boutry - Divertimento

Pierre-Max Dubois - Le Liѐvre et la Tortue

Contemporary Music
Here is a short list of contemporary saxophone works. For an extensive list please contact me.


Jean Absil - Sonata for alto saxophone and piano

William Albright - Sonata for alto saxophone and piano

Richard Rodney Bennett - Sonata for soprano saxophone and piano

Luciano Berio - Sequenza VIIb

Edison Denisov - Sonata for alto saxophone and piano

Graham Fitkin - Gate

Ben Foskett - Bench

Dave Heath - On Fire

Simon Parkin - Skink

Mark-Anthony Turnage - Two Elegies Framing a Shout
Anthony will be performing some of these concertos with orchestras in the UK throughout 2013 and 2014. Check the performances page for further information.


Paule Maurice - Tableaux de Provence for alto saxophone and orchestra 15'

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Fantasia for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra 11'

Claude Debussy - Rapsodie for alto saxophone and orchestra 10'

Roger Boutry - Divertimento for alto saxophone and string orchestra 10'

Alexander Glazunov - Concerto for alto saxophone and string orchestra 13'

Dave Heath - Out of the Cool for soprano saxophone and orchestra 7'

Florent Schmitt - Legende for alto saxophone and orchestra 12'

Pierre Max Dubois - Le Liѐvre et la Tortue for alto saxophone and orchestra 5'
July 2014 Following the recent premire of Graham Ross' work, Coronach, at the Purcell Room earlier this year, Anthony was invited to perform the premire of Graham's new work for saxophone and choir, Ascendo ad patrem, at Spitalfields Music Festival, London in June. A recording of the work will be available in Spring 2015 on the Harmonia Mundi USA label.
June 2014 Anthony is thrilled to announce he is among the Hattori Foundation's senior award winners for 2014.
13th January 2014 Anthony shared a four star review in The Times for his recent Park Lane Group concert at The Southbank. "...the main attraction was outstanding young saxophonist Anthony Brown, and his equally accomplished pianist Leo Nicholson..." - Hilary Finch, The Times A review by Classical Source read "[Anthony and Leo] did not just bring gorgeous tone but also superb virtuosity and innate musical sense" Read the full review
1st January 2014 CASS press release for the upcoming Park Lane Group Young Artist New Year Series 2014 Anthony Brown, Leo Nicholson - 9th January 7:45pm Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London "Park Lane Group continue to provide a prominent platform for outstanding young musicians and performances of special interest. Now in their 58th year, this distinguished young artist scheme will stage 40 events in 6 different venues across London throughout 2013/14. Last spring, a rigorous audition process whittled over 140 soloists and ensembles down to the final 16, and amongst those are the young artists taking part in the January New Year Series at London's Southbank Centre. Two exciting young soloists, saxophonist Anthony Brown and clarinettist Max Welford will perform with their respective duo partners, Leo Nicholson and Katherine Tinker, the week beginning 6th January, which promises to be an imaginative and stimulating series of masterclasses and high quality performances. Both Anthony and Max will be performing works by the late Richard Rodney Bennett, and the premires of new commissions by Graham Ross and Shiva Feshareki, funded by PLG. These specially written works have been a feature of PLG's work for over half a century, and continue to this day to fuel new soloist/ensemble-composer relationships..."
4th June 2013 Award-winning saxophonist gives masterclass and concert. Read more
May 2013 Anthony will perform as part of the Park Lane Group's Young Artists Concerts, New Year Series 2014. He will share a platform with the Fontanelli Quartet in the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre on Thursday 9th January 2014. The programme will include a commission written for Anthony and Leo Nicholson (piano) by Graham Ross.
21st April 2013 The first event of the Bromsgrove Festival 2013 saw the coming together of over 30 young musicians to compete in the 33rd Bromsgrove International Young Musicians' Platform. It comprised of four public rounds over four days, culminating in a final of just three competitors who gave a black tie, evening concert on 21st April 2013, held in the Guesten Hall in the Avoncroft Museum of Buildings, Bromsgrove. The adjudicating panel comprised of Edmund Fivet CBE (chairman), Vanessa Latarche, Angela Livingstone and Gina McCormack. First prize was awarded to Anthony Brown (saxophone), accompanied by Leo Nicholson. 2nd prize and 3rd prize were awarded to Svetlana Mochalova (cello) and Jack Adler-McKean (tuba) respectively.
April 2013 Anthony has been accepted onto the 2013 Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists. Members can book Anthony for a subsidised rate through the Philip and Dorothy Green Award. Click here to view the Selected Artists brochure.
February 2013 Anthony joins The Jubilee String Quartet, Oscar Alabau, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Ella Rundle and Joo Yeon Sir on the Tillett Trust's prestigious Young Artists' Platform 2013
29th September 2012 Versatile saxophone player wins soloist competition. Read more
6th November 13 Bideford Music Club Solo recital with Leo Nicholson
29th September 13 Ronnie Scott's, London Beats and Pieces
14th August 13 Oslo Jazz Festival Beats and Pieces
2nd August 13 Church Stretton Arts Festival Solo recital with Leo Nicholson
28th July 13 Cambridge Summer Music Festival Solo lunch time recital with Leo Nicholson
20th July 13 The Atkinson, Southport Alexander Stewart
1st July 13 Wigmore Hall, London Solo recital with Leo Nicholson
22nd June 13 Redhill Sinfonia Concerto - Tableaux de Provence, Paule Maurice for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
27th April 13 Jazzahead!, Bremen, Germany Beats and Pieces
16th February 13 12 Points Festival, Dublin Beats and Pieces
Solo Recitals
Anthony met pianist Leo Nicholson after they both won silver medals from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Their partnership has grown from strength to strength since their first audition with The Company and they have managed to secure a recital at the Wigmore Hall, funded by the Maisie Lewis Young Artists’ Fund. Their recital is due to take place on the 1st July 2013.

Anthony won his first external competition with Leo as his accompanist. The 23rd Haverhill Soloist Competition took place on the 29th September 2012. The prize included 14 recitals and 4 concerto opportunities across the UK.

For dates of upcoming concerts please click here.

For solo recital bookings please contact me here.
Photograph by Richard Kaby
Beats and Pieces
Anthony has played tenor and soprano saxophones in Beats and Pieces since 2010. They are an award winning contemporary big band run by leader Ben Cottrell.

Their latest CD Big Ideas can be purchased directly through their website.
Anthony has been a member of Absolution Saxophone quartet since May 2011. They are a classical saxophone quartet who have performed extensively throughout the country. They have been accepted onto schemes such as Making Music, Live Music Now and Music in Hospitals. To find out more, please visit the website below.

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Photograph by Richard Kaby