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So original, daring & musically dazzling that it takes one’s breath away

Classical Reviews, Joe Fuller (Brighton Festival 2015)

Sometimes a concert can be so original, daring & musically dazzling that it takes one’s breath away and reminds us of the potential of live music. Huw Wiggin’s virtuoso saxophone playing was one such occasion. The programme was fascinating, including two stunning pieces from Graham Fitkin: ‘Glass’ was a melancholy number that was beautifully simple, still and moving (featuring subtle piano backing from James Sherlock) whereas ‘Gate’ was a more technically challenging piece that was a rewarding showstopper.

Most memorable however was Andy Scott’s tribute to Esbjorn Svensson: ‘Three Letter Word’. Written with Wiggin in mind, it was melodic, poppy and jazzy; a new but somehow instantly familiar piece with a strut and confidence about it that was invigorating. A magnificent afternoon from a talented, hugely promising musician.

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02/07/2020