Saxophonist

Laurence Astill

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Saxophonist
Portsmouth
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Laurence Astill is a classical saxophonist who is currently studying a Masters in Performance at the Royal College of music.

Laurence Astill is a London-based Saxophonist who is currently studying a Masters in Performance at the Royal College of Music. Having completed his undergraduate degree in Music at the University of Southampton, obtaining a 1st in performance, he began studying for his Masters of Performance under the tutelage of Kyle Horch in September this year. He has received a number of awards and grants from groups including: The Vicky Cox award from the Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association; and financial support from The Elmley Foundation and The Malvern Theatre Players. During his undergraduate degree at Southampton, he was chosen to perform in the ‘Southampton Showcase’ programme – a concert series displaying Southampton’s most talented musicians. As a member of the Momentum saxophone quartet, they were chosen to premiere Martin Humphries’ new work for saxophone quartet and chorus, ‘Moz Pit’. Not only does he enjoy performing as both a soloist and in ensembles, he also enjoys the theatrical side of performance. His pit band repertoire includes: The Drowsy Chaperone; Into the Woods and Whistle Down the Wind. Laurence regularly works with the acclaimed Theatre Director Patrick Sandford, whose latest show, ‘GROOMED’, has won multiple awards, including the Brighton Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award. Initially chosen as a stand-in saxophonist, it has developed into a continuing partnership with many shows planned for the future. Laurence is available for instrumental tuition and orchestral work in the greater London area. He holds an enhanced DBS certificate.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Thank You For The Music - ABBA
The Name Of The Game - ABBA
Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie
Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
The Lady in Red - Chris De Burgh
I Got Rhythm - George Gershwin
My Favourite Things - Rodgers & Hammerstein
My Heart Will Go On - James Horner
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Licence to Kill - Gladys Knight
There Must Be An Angel - Annie Lennox
Run - Leona Lewis
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie Minogue
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Come What May - Moulin Rouge
Ave Maria - Franz Schubert
Somethin’ Stupid - Frank Sinatra
Rule The World - Take That
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2
Close Every Door - Andrew Lloyd Webber
You Raise Me Up - Westlife
Feel - Robbie Williams
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

No worries, let me know as soon as you have updated timings and I will be happy to work out a solution that helps your event run smoothly.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely, I am happy to discuss any extra requests you may have. No request is too small!

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 45 minutes before the performance time and am happy to provide an iPod/background music service before the event to help set the atmosphere!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Please feel free to highlight songs you are particularly excited about from my setlist and I will ensure you get to hear them! I have an extensive playlist with a wide variety of genres to cater to whatever the occasion.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes absolutely! All I would need is access to power.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If you want a particular song, please don't hesitate to ask. There is a good chance I will either know it or be able to arrange it ready for your event. This can be arranged on a case by case basis depending on the time it takes to source/arrange music.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£75
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300

Reviews

From customers:

FringeReview, 1 year ago

Groomed is a beautifully crafted piece of theatrical storytelling ... punctuated by Laurence Astill’s saxophone – music composed by Simon Slater – a neat tie-in to the narrative.

Private P, 2 years ago

We think Laurence is a dedicated, skilled and reliable saxophone teacher. We would definitely recommend him to others!