Thursday, September 24, 2015

Launchpad Prize Winner's Profile No.4: Hestia Saxophone Quartet


Lucinda Dunne - soprano sax

Alžbeta Klásova - alto sax

Hannah Washer - tenor sax

Claire Shaw - baritone sax


Hestia Saxophone Quartet formed at the Royal College of Music in September 2013 and comprises of undergraduate students from the UK and Slovakia. The ensemble rehearses and performs together on a regular basis and is coached by Kyle Horch.
Enjoying a diverse range of music, Hestia have already given a variety of performances from a masterclass taken by saxophonists Frank Timpe and Nacho Gascon, to several concerts held at venues including the Royal College of Music’s Recital Hall, Regent's Hall Piccadilly, Holy Innocents Church, London and BAFTA. The group recently won the June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize 2015 at the RCM Woodwind Ensemble Competition and is looking forward to performing as part of a Chamber Essentials concert at the RCM.

Lucinda Dunne previously studied at Chetham's School of Music and has performed with orchestras such as National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra in notable venues including The Sage Gateshead and Royal Festival Hall.

Alžbeta Klásova is a graduate of the Košice Conservatoire (Slovakia), and is currently an RCM Foundation Scholar supported by a Dr Michael West Award.

Hannah Washer studies alongside her fellow quartet members at the Royal College of Music under the tuition of Kyle Horch. She is also currently principle saxophonist with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales which has seen her perform world premieres and take part in international tours.

Claire Shaw is a second year undergraduate student at the RCM and is currently enjoying her studies with Martin Robertson, as well as ensemble coaching from Kyle Horch.


June Emerson Wind Music would like to thank Simon Channing for organising the 
awarding of the Launchpad Prize at the Royal College of Music.


Royal College of Music

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