North Westmorland Arts 
Concerts in Appleby-in-Westmorland                           

The Solway Saxophone Quartet

Justin Kent (Soprano); Jane Bagot (Alto); Stephen Bagot (Tenor)  Melanie Thorne (Baritone)


Soprano Saxophone: Justin Kent is a woodwind teacher, in demand as a saxophonist in a variety of jazz ensembles and bands, doubling on flute and clarinet in theatrical shows.

Alto Saxophone: Jane Bagot recently retired as Head of Music at QEGS, Penrith. She plays clarinet and saxophone in various ensembles including the British Clarinet Ensemble who give concerts in Britain and Europe.

Tenor Saxophone: Stephen Bagot plays clarinet, saxophone and bassoon in many ensembles and orchestras in the North as well as Bass clarinet and Contrabass clarinet with the British Clarinet Ensemble.

Baritone Saxophone: Melanie Thorne lives in Moniaive and teaches piano and woodwind. She is a Trinity College London Music examiner, and before the pandemic, examined in India, Sri Lanka and the Isle of Skye.




Allegro from Vespers                                                                      Claudio Monteverdi
                                                                                                               arr.   Melanie Thorne

Grand Quatuor Concertant                                                            Jean-Baptiste Singelee

Second Waltz from Jazz Suite no.2                                              Dimitri Shostakovitch

Sevilla                                                                                                Isaac Albéniz
                                                                                                               arr.   Marcel Mule

The Trainee Bullfighter                                                                   Christopher Frost

A Northern Folksong Suite                                                    arr.   James Rae

1. Cock o' the North 

2. Blow the Wind Southerly

3. Cushie Butterfield & Dance to thy Daddy




Cinerama                                                                                          James Rae
1. Organ Interlude
2. Newsreel

Nuts! It's a Cracker                                                                          Pyotr Tchaikowsky
1. Overture.  2. Sugar Plum-Around                                  arr.   Melanie Thorne
3. A-rab T-Dance  4. East meets West

Blues for an Autumn Night, That was one early Morning
Let's Call the Whole Thing off, Ain't Misbehavin'
             arr.    Gordon Lewin

Rialto Ripples                                                                                   George Gershwin
                                                                                                               arr.   Melanie Thorne

Tea for Two (Cha-cha)                                                                   Vincent Youmans
                                                                                                              arr.   John Whelan

I Got Rhythm                                                                                    George Gershwin
                                                                                                               arr.   Hans Dillo


’s Bristol and Blackheath Halls. 

Recent performances include appearances at the Salzburger Schlosskonzerte, Aldo Ciccolini Musical Association (Naples), Koscierzyna Chamber Music Festival (Poland), Pump Room (Bath), Chester Summer Music Festival, Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts and various concert societies throughout the UK. 

Their discography includes world-première recordings by Krzysztof Meyer, Algernon Ashton and, most recently, Stephen Dodgson. Published by Toccata Classics, their performances have been critically acclaimed in magazines such as The Strad, International Record Review, German Fono Forum and American Fanfare – where the Meyer album was selected as one of the five best CDs of 2009. 

Contemporary music plays a central part in Evva and Emma’s careers: they have performed vafor them and have given several world-premières including Two Romantic Pieces for Cello and Piano by Stephen Dodgson, Fable Fantaisiste by Graham Coatman, Numen by Piotr Grella Możejko and Blue Note by Weronika Ratusińska. /span