Saxophone Programme


Our saxophone programme is for 14-18 year old saxophonists who wish to develop and improve all aspects of their playing, increase their repertoire and gain ensemble experience.

About Our Saxophone Course

Dates: 22 July - 12 August 2018


Students in performance at the Ingenium Academy Saxophone summer course


Our saxophone programme is for 14–18 year olds who love playing any of the different types of saxophone and who are keen to develop all aspects of their solo and ensemble playing whilst also discovering new repertoire and styles, gaining performance experience and exploring the capabilities of their instrument.


We strongly believe in the importance of nurturing the all-round musician and as such, have created a varied programme of workshops and classes to make sure all areas are catered for.


Each day, students receive solo and ensemble tuition. Our saxophone students have the opportunity to perform in quartets and ensembles as well as with students studying on other programmes at Ingenium.

Teachers will cover topics including:

  • Repertoire (Classical and Jazz)
  • Sight reading
  • Technique
  • Style
  • Composition
  • Improvisation


Our Saxophone Programme gives the students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of all styles and periods of music, from Baroque to Minimalism to Jazz, celebrating the versatility of the Saxophone instrument.


Students learn, develop and improve their jazz improvisation, articulation and sound in workshops given by the very best players and teachers from the London jazz scene.


Members of our pastoral staff are also conservatoire saxophone students and will be on hand to mentor and support students in their private practice and development.



Dominic Childs tutoring at the Ingenium Academy Saxophone programme, Summer 2015

Baritone Saxophone student rehearsing with the Ingenium Academy Saxophone Quartet in London


Every week, our students will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of vocal, instrumental and musical workshops led by internationally renowned experts in jazz, chamber, folk and international music. These workshops are designed to broaden each student's musical experience by exposing them to something new and challenging.


Previous workshops have included:


  • Musical awareness, performance skills and interpretation
  • Composition and arranging
  • Jazz improvisation and performance
  • Instrumental improvisation and devising music
  • Chamber and small ensemble playing
  • Beatboxing and a cappella
  • Life in the music industry
  • Conducting and group leadership
  • Gospel choir
  • Healthy instrumental practice techniques and avoiding injury
  • African drumming, body percussion and dance

Concerts and Performance Opportunities


The Ingenium Academy Saxophone Quartet performing at Winchester College in August 2015

During the three-week summer school, students perform two public concerts - one in a prestigious venue in central London and in our final showcase concert on campus at Winchester College's concert hall. In addition to these two public performances, students also have weekly performance opportunities at our internal Performance Platforms.


These evenings provide a friendly, safe and informal environment for students to experiment and to develop their performance skills, conquer nerves and build confidence.

Parents and friends are welcome to attend our public performances. More information will be provided about these nearer the time.



As part of your application to the Ingenium Academy you need to submit an audition video. Your video should include a minimum of 2 contrasting pieces, or excerpts from longer pieces, and 1 piece of technical work ie. a scale or study appropriate to your current level.


We are looking for young people not only with a high standard of musicianship, but with a great sense of team spirit and a love of music making.


Read more about instrumental auditions here, or visit our How To Apply page for more information about putting together your application.

Ingenium Saxophone student at our internal performance platform

The Ingenium Academy Saxophone Quartet at St James's Piccadilly

Saxophone Staff

Our music teachers and workshop leaders are carefully selected not only for their extremely high standards of musicianship and expertise, but also for their energy and enthusiasm for working with young musicians and their talent for teaching.

All of our teachers have extensive experience and are committed to nurturing the talent of our students. Our teaching methods range from full masterclass lessons to group workshops, small chamber groups and one on one tuition, in which students are encouraged to focus on any aspects of their playing that they wish to develop.



Dominic Childs


Dom is the Alto Saxophonist in the award winning Syzygy and Forseti Saxophone Quartets, regularly performing in some of Europe’s finest chamber music venues. As an orchestral player he has performed with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, including the 2015 Last Night of the Proms at the Albert Hall. Dom has held teaching positions at the National Youth Wind Ensemble and is the Saxophone Tutor at the Junior Birmingham Conservatoire.





Pete Long

Workshop leader


Pete directs the in-house Big Band at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London, and has worked with, amongst others, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Chick Corea and Super Sax. A five-year stint playing and arranging for with Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra saw Pete working with Tom Jones, Norah Jones, Solomon Burke, Dr. John, Lulu, Georgie Fame and Lionel Richie, to name but a few, and producing arrangements for John Cale, Texas, Sir Paul McCartney, Candi Staton, Marti Pellow and Chrissy Hynde.




Nathan Hassall

Workshop leader


Nathan is professor of saxophone at London College of Music and at St Paul’s School in Barnes and Epsom College. He runs his own successful music agency called Nathan Hassall Music.