Saxophonist Carl Raven appears on Friday 17 June at this year’s Summer Festival with his jazz trio Triology. We caught up with him to find out more.

Carl Raven, saxophone

What is your favourite piece of music?
It changes from week to week, but the most played track on my phone at the moment is a tune by Gretchen Parlato called ‘Rosa’. She’s got a beautiful voice but also an incredible sense of time and rhythm. It’s from the album ‘Flor’ on Edition records.

What’s your favourite memory of GMF?
Probably the Apollo Saxophone Quartet concert film set. It was an amazing audience and the kids on the front row laughing along to the music really made the atmosphere perfect.

Tell us a little known fact about you…
Hmmm. I passed my grade 8 french horn at 16 but never got promoted from 4th horn in my youth orchestra. A big factor in taking up the saxophone!

Any hobbies?
Eating, cooking, watching F1, making pointless things from electronics.

What or who inspired you to become a musician?
An outstandingly creative teacher Peter Harrison from my local school in Ripley, Derbyshire. Plus tireless parental commitment.

What are you most looking forward to about this year’s festival?
Strauss Sextet/Mendelssohn Octet.

What’s your career highlight so far?
Tricky. Maybe HCMF with House of Bedlam on R3 in 2008 (Goves, Holt) or 2007 Apollo Saxophone tour with Goldberg Ensemble playing a new Barry Guy commission.

Which orchestras or ensembles have you’ve played with?
House of Bedlam, Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Distractfold, Ensemble 10:10, Vonnegut Collective, Halle, RLPO, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Opera North, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, CBSO, RPO, RSNO, Northern Ballet etc.

Funniest / most embarrassing moment in music?
Er, dressing up as 4 matching Captain Scarlet characters with the Apollo quartet in Birmingham Symphony Hall playing the theme from Thunderbirds.


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