Rob Buckland

Tutor in Saxophone

GRNCM, PPRNCM, FRNCM

Email: Rob.Buckland@rncm.ac.uk

Rob is internationally acclaimed as one of the most distinctive and versatile saxophonists of his generation. Appearing as concerto and recital soloist with his Equivox Trio and with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, he performs throughout the world. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Chinese National Orchestra, Macau Chamber Orchestra, Austrian Radio Orchestra, CBSO, RLPO, Orchestra of Opera North and Slovenian Army Band. 

He has commissioned and recorded music from many of today’s leading composers and recently released a recording of commissioned concertos with the RNCM Wind Orchestra. He regularly works with ensembles such as the Michael Nyman Band, London Saxophonic, BBC Philharmonic, Halle, RLPO, as well as many jazz ensembles.

His compositions feature not only on the concert stage but are a popular part of the ABRSM, Trinity & Guildhall Syllabi. Since 1997 he and Andy Scott (from 2000) and Carl Raven (from2008) have established the UK’s largest and most active saxophone programme at the RNCM. Rob also co-directs the RNCM Saxophone Day, the UK’s largest annual saxophone event. In 2001, to mark 15 years of teaching at the RNCM, Rob published a major book “Playing the Saxophone”, (www.astute-music.com). 

 

Personal Website

Current and Future Research

Selected highlights.

Towards the Lght – Saxophone & Piano CD 1998

The Time Is Now – CD with Equivox Trio 2006

Gameshow – Saxophone Concertos CD 2011

Cinnamon Concerto – recorded on CD of wind music of Martin Ellerby 2011

Playing the Saxophone – major new book published 2011

New series of compositions for ABRSM Syllabus (Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute) 

Apollo Saxophone Quartet – 8 CDs, 100+ commissions from some of the world’s leading composers 30th anniversary celebrated at RNCM Sax Day 2015, and new CD of commissions.

Commissions from Graham Fitkin, Michael Ball, Andy Scott, Nikki Iles, Poy Powell, Jason Rebello, Tim Garland, Barbara Thompson, 

ASQ – new landmark CD with Barry Guy (2014)

Conducted RNCM Saxophone Orchestra at World Saxophone Congress 2012. Also produced RNCM Saxophoe Orchestra CD 2012.

Recorded and produced 4 commercial CDs 2012/13, 4 commercial CDs 2014,15 including Felonius Mornk Big Band, Brass dectet library CD, RB Solo CD, Jenni Watson Mulit-track/multi-media CD

Toured with Elvis Costello, Moondog & London Saxophonic, Michael Nyman Band, BBC Philharmonic, Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Equivox Trio, duo concert with Jason Rebello, Halle – Wonderful Town Tour, Royal Variety Show Band (2008/2010), Children In Need Rocks, (with Michael Buble & Andrea Boccelli), recorded many film scores, BBC proms, BBC Phil/Turnage premiere with Peter Erskine, John Adams City Noir (as soloist) with BBCSSO, live on Radio 3, RLPO with Wayne Shorter,

Saxophone soloist with CBSO, RLPO, Orch of Opera North – John Williams Saxophone Concerto (Escapades) 2009 conducted by John Wilson

Solo CD 2014 “Duality”, featuring world premiere recordings of music by Tim Garland, RB, Jason Rebello, Graham Fitkin, Barbara Thompson

Premiered Hilary Tann’s “Concerto – In the First Spinning Place” with NYWOW April 2015.

Compiling and publishing new book ‘Playing the Saxophone’

Ongoing commissioned, recording and premiering of new music, with Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Equivox Trio, Enesemble 10:10, major orchestras etc

All compositions published by www.astute-music.com

Composed new suite of solo works for saxophones, premiered at WSC, RNCM, Perth Conservatoire etc

Comissioned to write music for three books of new saxophone music for Trinity Publications, world wide distribution 2013

Apollo Saxophone Quartet CD 30th Anniversary – music by Keith Tippett, Michael Ball, Dinuk Wijeratne, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Mintzer

Solo tour of Australia, including masterclasses and cconcerts 2015 & 2016

World Premiere of Barbara Thompson Concertio at World Saxophone Congress, Strasbourg 2015

2 new books of saxophoe works included in ABRSM Syllabi for saxophone, and several flute and clarinet pieces in addition.

2016 New CD with Clare Teal/Halle Orchestra/Guy Barker

2016 New CD with SaxAssault – featured as player, soloist and producer.

 

 

Undergraduate Teaching

Weekly 1 to 1 lessons.

Up to 2 weekly 2 hour classes, covering all aspects of saxophonic life – solo performance, quartet playing, arranging, composition, improvisation, jazz skills, promotional and marketing skills, programming advice, masterclasses with visiting players, recording session practice, doubling skills, saxophone orchestra rehearsals, etc

Regular Quaret and chamber coaching

Saxophone Orchestra rehearsals and concerts

Postgraduate Teaching

Weekly 1 to 1 lessons.

Up to 2 weekly 2 hour classes, covering all aspects of saxophonic life – solo performance, quartet playing, arranging, composition, improvisation, jazz skills, promotional and marketing skills, programming advice, masterclasses with visiting players, recording session practice, doubling skills, saxophone orchestra rehearsals, etc

Regular Quartet and chamber coaching

Saxophone Orchestra rehearsals and concerts

Publications

    Authored Books

  • Rob Buckland, Playing the Saxophone, ( www.astute-music.com, 2012).
  • Compositions

  • Rob Buckland Series of works for Saxophone/Saxophone & Piano, Quartet etc, Solo saxophone, Saxophone & Piano, Saxophone Quartet etc
  • Recordings

  • Ball, Fitkin, Scott, Ter Veldhuis Gameshow – Saxophone Concertos CD with RNCM Wind Orchestra, RNCM Wind Orchestra, Clark Rundell/Mark Heron, Rob Buckland & guest John Harle Saxophone & Wind Orchestra, Sospiro Records, Nov 2011
  • Corea, Yoshimatsu, Fitkin, Iles, Powell, Scott Towards the Light, Rob Buckland, peter Lawson & Simone Rebello Saxophone & Piano/Saxophone & Vibraphone, Quartz, 1998
  • Rebello, Cockcroft, Satoh, Chandrah, Thompson, Mintzer, Metheny, Buckland, Connor The Time Is Now, Rob Buckland, Peter Lawson & Simone Rebello Saxophone, Piano & Percussion, Equivox Records, Mar 2006
  • Various 6 CDs with Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Saxophone Quartet, Decca/ASQ/Celestial Harmonies, 1992-present
  • Fitkin, Thompson, Rebello, Garland, Buckland Duality, Rob Buckland, Peter Lawson Saxophones and piano/Saxophone and backing track, Sospiro Noir, Manchester, Jul 2014
  • Wijerante, Ball, Wheeler, Parker, Mintzer, Tippett Perspectives, ASQ, Apollo Saxophone Quartet & Bob Mintzer Saxophone Quartet (plus solo sax on one track), ASQ Records, Manchester, Jan-Jun 2014

Professional Activity

Jury for Royal Overseas League Competition, 2016, 2014, 2009 etc

International Jury for World Saxophone Congress Quartet Competition 2015, Strasbourg.

Masterclasses in Holland (Utrecht) Apr 2015, South Africa (Pretoria, Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town), Spring 2014, Portugal Spring 2016, RCM, RCS, GSMD, RWCMD, Birmingham University, Perth (Aus) Conservatoire, 2015 & 2016, 

Director of Manchester Saxophone Summer School (2009 to present) Harrogate Saxophone Summer School (2006 to present), RNCM Saxophone Day (2000 to present)

Articles in CASS Magazine (Various)

Vice President CASS

Saxophone tutor NYWO, NYWE, NYWOW

NCBF Panel 2016

Member of Apollo Saxophone Quartet (1985-present)

Member of Equivox Trio (2005-present)

Duo with Peter Lawson (1989-present)

Michael Nyman Band (1997 to present)

Saxophonist with BBC Phil (1990 to present), Halle (2005 – present), RLPO (2006-present), Orchstra of opera North (2007- present), SaxAssault (2006 to present)