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About Grace

Versatile saxophonist based in Manchester | Recent graduate of the RNCM | Experienced in classical, jazz and pop playing

Grace Macdonald is a recent graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music where she received a 1st class Bachelor of Music with Honours degree in Saxophone Performance. Grace began her musical journey in Jersey where she began playing the saxophone aged 11. While in Jersey, Grace went on to be ‘Jersey’s Young Woodwind Player’ in 2012 and 2013. She also won the Jersey Symphony Award in 2013 leading to her concerto debut with the Jersey Youth Chamber Orchestra and a solo performance with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra. At age 17, Grace achieved a place at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music, where she studied for two years. Whilst at Chetham’s, Grace was given an education in all aspects of music; performance, teaching, academic and theoretical. Grace took part in ‘How to teach’ masterclasses as well as obtaining her Amus diploma in Music Theory. She was also granted many performance opportunities; including a performance of Bernstein’s On the Waterfront at the Barbican in London with the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and a performance of the Ronald Binge Saxophone concerto with the Bridgnorth Sinfonia. She also performed regularly with piano around Europe, including Ischia, Italy and St James, Piccadilly in London. Grace left Chetham’s with three As at A level, distinction in grade 8 for piano and singing, distinction in grade 6 for flute and clarinet and a diploma in saxophone performance with distinction. Grace joined the accelerated 3-year-course Bmus at the RNCM in 2015. Throughout her time at RNCM Grace has performed with several RNCM ensembles, including Big Band, Session Orchestra, Jazz Collective, Brand New Orchestra, Saxophone Orchestra and ArkEnsemble. As well as this, Grace has premiered several new pieces as a soloist including two concertos; one with the RNCM Brand New Orchestra and another externally with the Athenean String Ensemble. She has also premiered one solo work and six works for saxophone quartet. Aside from performing as a soloist, Grace performs extensively with her saxophone quartet. As well as many local concerts around Manchester, she has toured China, Switzerland and Portugal with the Abelia Saxophone Quartet. Outside of her classical studies at RNCM, Grace has spent two years performing in a Pop setting around Manchester. Gigs include DJ and Saxophone at private parties and clubs and a variety of performances (mostly weddings) with the function band Twisted Tubes. As well as performance based work, Grace has experience in teaching beginner to intermediate Woodwind and Music Theory in both Manchester and Jersey. She is also the Assistant Course director at the annual Jersey International Masterclasses.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Noise music, Originals, Electronic, Drum 'n' Bass, Ibiza club, House, EDM, Electro-Swing, Techno, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Pop, Hip Hop, Covers, Disco, Funk, Motown, Funk rock, R&B, Britpop, Rock, Indie, Pop rock
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Party Tunes:
The List is an example of what I know, happy to learn others for your event.
Jubel - Klingande
This Girl - Kungs
Changes - Faul & Wad Ad, Pnau
Old Thing Back - Matoma & The Notorious B.I.G
Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine) - Klangkarussell
Destination Calabria - Alex Gaudino
Sweet Lovin' - Sigala, Bryn Christopher
My Head is a Jungle - Wankelmut, Emma Louise
Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project
Intoxicated - Martin Solveig
Mr Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson
My Love - Jess Glynne, Route 94
Pjanoo - Eric Prydz
Games Continued - Bakermat
I Called U - ATFC
Sax - Fleur East
So Real (Warriors) - Too Many Zoos, KDA, Jess Glynne
September - Earth, Wind & Fire
How Deep is you Love - Calvin Harris, Disciples
Gypsy Woman - Crystal Waters
Rockabye - Clean Bandit
One More Time - Daft Punk
Adventure of a Lifetime - Coldplay


From customers:

Sebastian W, 3 years ago

Grace is an incredible musician and a fantastic person to work with. I have had the great pleasure to collaborate with her on two pieces for dance, on multiple film scores, on a piece for saxophone quartet as well as on a concerto for soprano saxophone and orchestra (which I wrote especially for her). Most of the pieces we have collaborated on are rhythmically challenging and very virtuosic. Grace has not only played the pieces perfectly, but she has also made them her own, which is the best case scenario for a composer. Grace behaves extremely professional, she has always been well prepared for rehearsals or recording sessions, she nailed the recording sessions in only very few takes and is also a very pleasant person to surround oneself with. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide more information, I will be delighted to do so.

Nick S, 4 years ago

Well prepared, musical, amenable. A terrific player.