BUDDING young saxophonists got in on the act when Australian-born international soloist Amy Dickson breezed into the city.
Amy, who gives recitals and performs throughout the world, gave a stunning performance at St Mary’s Centre as part of Chester Music Society’s celebrity concerts series.
She was accompanied by pianist Martin Cousin, whose hands appeared in the Oscar-winning film Shine.
Amy was making a return visit to the city having performed at the Chester Summer Music Festival in 2007.
The youngsters’ chance to gain top tuition came in the afternoon before the recital thanks to sponsorship by the Chester Music Society, which backed a masterclass with Amy and Martin at the Chester Catholic High.
Fellow pupils were able to watch and listen as selected sax players at the school performed as they would in a concert.
Celebrity concerts chairman, Dr Berkeley Ranby, explained: “They played their piece and Amy then worked on it with them.
“The masterclass also included discussions about more general music technique for the interest of the rest of the audience.”
The event was held in the Lyceum of the Emmaus Building at the school, the auditorium of the new music and drama department at the Catholic High.
Six music students performed and were given encouragement and advice by Amy.
Those taking part were Ruth Cook, Genevieve Garwood, Francesca Grace, Megan Evans, Jamie Southern and Anna Strain.