Friday Night Live with Rob Buckland – Friday 7th February 2020 

Programme for the Concert:

Children’s Songs – Chick Corea arr. Rob Buckland.
Fuzzy Bird Sonata – Takashi Yoshimatsu
A Brother’s Gift & Blues for Little Joe – Tim Garland


AltoGenesis – Rob Buckland
Incarnation – Somei Satoh
Green – Barbara Thompson
Deep Purple – Peter de Rose arr Rudy Weidoeft

A Welcome Note from the Music Director at Royal Porcelain Works; Keith Slade:

A huge hello and welcome to the very first season of the Performing Arts at the Royal Porcelain Works. Music has such a wide and varied outreach and here at the Royal Porcelain Works we will seize your imagination with soloists and groups of International and local repute. Our first season promises to be an epic one!

There are concerts throughout the season that will whet the appetite no matter your musical taste, and with the kaleidoscope of different genres and artistes performing, you are certainly in for a treat.

I would like to welcome all ages to our concerts, but particularly young people and individuals who might never have dipped their toes into the Concert arena. I look forward to having the pleasure of your company throughout the series, and hope that your faith will be rewarded by a musical experience that will stay with you forever.

A bit about the artist…

ROB BUCKLAND is internationally acclaimed as one of the most distinctive, versatile and influential Saxophonists of his generation, performing with his long-term duo partner Peter Lawson, with the Equivox Trio and with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. He regularly performs and records with a diverse range of ensembles, both classical and jazz, ranging from the Michael Nyman Band, Michael Buble’s UK Big Band, touring with Elvis Costello and the UK’s leading orchestras. He has performed as concerto soloist with the CBSO, RLPO, Orchestra of Opera North, Chinese National Symphony, Macau Chamber Orchestra, Strasbourg Radio Philharmonic, Atlantica String Ensemble, Banda Sinfonica Porto, Portuguese Air Force Band, Slovenian Army Band, Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and the Central Band of the RAF.

He has commissioned and recorded music from many of today’s leading composers, recorded on his own solo CDs, including a recording of commissioned concertos, a disc with his Equivox Trio, and eight CDs with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, (of which he is a founder member, commissioning over 100 new works for the medium since the groups inception in 1985). Future projects include a new recording and collaboration with pianist Gwylim Simcock, solo tours in South Africa, Australia and Europe, touring the collaborative project between the Apollo Quartet and Artvark Quartet, recently released on CD to critical acclaim, and directing his new ‘Super Big Tramp Band’ project with Supertramp saxophonist John Hellwell.

He has written a major saxophone book ‘Playing The Saxophone’ detailing advanced technique and practice methods based on 22 years of teaching at the RNCM. As a composer and arranger, his works feature on the concert stage, on numerous CDs, in projects accompanying black & white film and poet, and on all of the major exam syllabi. Rob is also in demand as a creative record producer and engineer, working with a wide range of artists from solo, duo, chamber ensemble, big band and strings to multi-tracked cross-genre studio albums.

Rob is Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he leads the UK’s most active and innovative conservatoire saxophone department and is Deputy Head of Chamber Music, overseeing the wind chamber groups at the college. He conducts and arranges for his unique RNCM ArkEnsemble, a cutting edge high-energy wind ensemble, is co-Artistic Director of the annual RNCM Saxophone Day, is a solo artist and endorsee for Henri Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren Reeds, and is published by



Peter was born in Manchester and studied there with Derrick Wyndham and Sulamita Aronovsky. He has appeared as soloist with most British orchestras, frequently broadcasting for radio 3 as well as giving recitals throughout the UK and playing in Holland, France, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Luxembourg, Japan and Russia.

With a repertoire stretching from the baroque to contemporary jazz, Peter’s many commercial recordings reflect a particular interest in more recent music and include Satie (EMI), American Sonatas (Virgin Classics) and Michael Nyman’s concerto (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). He also works with the Equivox Trio, Tango5 (recreating the tango quintets of Piazzolla) and the recorder player John Turner with whom he has collaborated on many recordings of British music.

Peter recently retired from his role as senior tutor in piano and careers advisor at Chetham’s School of Music but continues as tutor in piano and tutor in contemporary piano at the RNCM and examiner for the ABRSM.

Rob and Peter have played together as a duo since 1990, when they gave a live debut recital on BBC Radio 3. The duo have since performed across the UK, and in Europe and Japan, and have recorded three CDs together; Towards the Light (1997), The Time is Now (Equivox Trio) 2006, and Duality – 2014, each featuring new compositions and arrangements that place the saxophone in a space between genres, contemporary classical meets jazz meets world music and beyond.

Tonight’s programme will feature a cross-section of works from a wide variety of composers such as Takashi Yoshimatsu, Tim Garland, Chick Corea, Rob Buckland, Peter de Rose, Benedetto Marcello & John Williams – each piece is accessible, engaging, honest and communicative. You might not be familiar with all of these composers, but their music, in the hands of these master musicians, will provide an evening that draws on classical, jazz and modern influences to celebrate the rich diversity of the saxophone’s musical heritage.


To book your ticket(s) please go to our website and select the Friday Night Live event you wish to attend. You will be taken through to a PayPal link to either pay by PayPal or enter your credit card details.

Booking is not essential, however it is advised, as we cannot guarantee a ticket to anyone who has not booked prior to the event.

If there are tickets still available on the day of the event, they will be on sale at the box office on the night, 45 minutes before the start of the event.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a refund on your ticket(s), however if you are unable to make the event, please let us know as we may be able to offer to exchange your tickets for another Friday Night Live event at The Hall.

Yes, there is a fully stocked licenced bar to get a glass of wine, a coffee or even some sweets!

The Friday Night Live events are jointly organised between Royal Porcelain Works and our Artistic Director of Music; Keith Slade, who also introduces the evening and sometimes even conducts the performances!

Born in the West Midlands, Keith Slade began his musical journey learning the clarinet from the age of ten.  After reaching the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Woodwind Category, Keith graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music where he was awarded the Hilda Collens’ prize. He furthered his studies under the guidance of Angela Malsbury and Nicholas Rodwell on a postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music supported by the Countess of Munster Trust.  At the RAM, Keith was awarded the Dorothy Grinstead Memorial Prize for the most outstanding postgraduate, the John Solomon Woodwind and Brass Prize and the Morgensterns’ Award.

Keith has extensive experience as an orchestral musician and has worked with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Festival Opera and the BBC Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Richard Hickox, Pierre Boulez and Andris Nelsons. As a soloist, Keith has performed concerti by Mozart, Finzi, Weber and Copland in venues throughout the UK.

Keith was selected to participate on the Colin Metters’ International Conducting Course in 2012.  Recent appointments include Head of Wind and Brass at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School and Head of Woodwind at Oakham School.  Keith has conducted Sinfonia of Birmingham, The National Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, The British Police Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, St Endellion Easter Festival Orchestra and the WorldCon Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s ExCeL Arena. Keith has worked with artists including James MacMillan, Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams and Sarah Fox.

In January 2010, Keith was appointed Music Director of the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra where he has seen the ensemble grow from strength-to-strength; WSO performs several concerts each season and Keith is a regular guest on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester promoting the orchestra and classical music amongst the local community. In 2014 WSO commissioned a new Children’s work in the style of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf entitled The Magic Bojabi Tree which was a huge success. In 2018 WSO performed in Worcester Cathedral in remembrance of the Armistice Centenary. Continuing his passion for music education, Keith worked with primary schools in the area to create a truly remarkable concert. In recognition of his services to WSO, Keith was honoured to be invited by Her Majesty the Queen to a private gathering to celebrate HRH’s Diamond Jubilee in Worcester.

As Principal conductor of Kimichi Symphony Orchestra, Keith received a 5 star review for his performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, “Slade’s rehearsal technique is undoubtedly persuasive, and his beat here was clear, histrionic and totally effectual” (Birmingham Post, January 2018.) He subsequently took the production to the Rudolfinum in Prague, and has since conducted Verdi’s Requiem with KSO which received another 5 stars “performance was spine tingling from the start.”

Keith is delighted to offer his services to the Royal Porcelain Works and help bring something different to our incredible venue and to the city of Worcester.

If you would like to suggest an artist for Friday Night Live, please email and we will see what we can do.

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  • 7th February 2020
  • Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
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Friday Night Live with Rob Buckland on the sax

The Hall, Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
7th February 2020


Keith Slade - Artistic Director of Music at Royal Porcelain Works

01905 677399

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Friday Night Live with Rob Buckland on the sax

The Hall, Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
7th February 2020