From Pennan To Penang is an atmospheric suite of eleven pieces by Richard Ingham for soprano saxophone and piano accordion. Based on his travels in Scotland, Ireland, England, France and Southeast Asia, the writing moves from contemporary to jazz to traditional throughout the work. It was written in 2003 and recorded in 2010 at Watercolour Studios, Ardgour, Scotland.
Richard Ingham is a saxophonist, composer, conductor and educator. He has given recitals in Europe, USA, Canada, India, China and Thailand, is a member of the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble, and has written many works including Through a Landscape and Walking the Cowgate for saxophone quartet, Nature Morte au Panier for solo viola, Drift o’ Rain on Moorland Stane for reader and chamber ensemble, and Mrs Malcolm, Her Reel (Funky Freuchie) for jazz orchestra. He conducted the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain on tour in Europe and in China and Thailand. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and is Fellow in New Music and Composer in Residence at the University of St Andrews.
Mary McCarthy is a pianist, accordionist and celebrated Suzuki piano tutor. She directs Suzuki teacher training courses in Scotland, Ireland and South America.
Richard and Mary are based in Scotland and have given many concerts together in the UK, USA and India.
“Brilliant versatile virtuousity”
Herald Insight, India
“Richard Ingham demonstrated his affinity with the collage of modernity, and illustrated pibroch and Celtic strains with no less immaculate delivery….Richard is always totally in command, still able to produce lyricism at any level throughout the range”
Clarinet and Saxophone magazine
“The combination of solo instruments and orchestra led to marvellous textures….Ingham’s beautiful soprano saxophone distinct and soaring…the third movement was excellent, an energetic sort of Gaelic bothy band medley that seemed simply relentless”
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