The Apollo Saxophone Quartet have been at the forefront of the UK classical music scene for over 30 years. The ensemble have undoubtedly made the largest single contribution to the repertoire for saxophone quartet in the UK over their 33 year history. In this concert, they will perform original music set to black and white films from the turn of the 20th century, including a trio of experimental films from 1906 by French illusionist and director Georges Méliès. The programme will offer a captivating and thought-provoking insight into how the film world has changed since its humble beginnings over a century ago. The themes of the films are just as relevant today as when they were first conceived, and the messages contained within still resonate with a modern audience. Tickets are free and available on the door. We will be accepting donations (cash or cheque) after the concert to reflect what audience members felt the concert was worth. Reserved seating is available for Friends of Glossop Music Festival who notify us by emailing friends@glossopmusicfestival.org.uk of their seating requirements before 17 February. Unreserved seating (some with restricted view) is available in the rest of the church on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 19.00. For details of how to become a Friend please click here.

Two members of the Quartet, Carl Raven and Jim Fieldhouse, will run a workshop in the afternoon for sax players of all abilities. The aim is to create an ad hoc Sax Ensemble to prepare and play specially arranged pieces. The pieces will then be performed before the concert in the evening to the full audience. Students from the RNCM Saxophone Department will support the event. For bookings or other queries please contact Andy Zuntz at a.zuntz@darkpeakmusic.co.uk.

The group has without doubt made the largest single contribution to the repertoire for Saxophone Quartet in the UK, commissioning and premiering well over one hundred works, many of which are now considered core repertoire and are performed by Saxophone Quartets worldwide. This includes significant works from Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Michael Torke, Michael Nyman, Graham Fitkin, Will Gregory, Dominic Muldowney, Keith Tippett, Django Bates, Barbara Thompson & Joby Talbot, to name but a few. The ASQ has always thrived by creating the sound world in which it operates, always innovating, always leading, always moving on to the next project without looking back, and the next 30 years are set to continue in the same manner!