The Sax Family or SF7 as it became known, consisted of principal players of the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain.  

 

The unique line-up comprised of seven different instruments of the saxophone family, ranging from the tiny soprillo to the majestic bass.  Occasionally the contrabass augmented the septet making an even rarer SF8!

Most of the ensemble's repertoire was arranged by the players,  who had  an (almost) orchestral range at their disposal.

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listen to 'La Fiesta' - Chick Corea

The saxophones in order of pitch from high to low:

soprillo

sopranino

soprano

alto

tenor

baritone

bass

contrabass

The line-up varied over time but key members  included: 

Deb Hutt, Dave Bottomley and Julia Cadman played 

contrabass when practical, along with myself on soprillo.  

We were also joined on occasions by Gerard McChrystal guesting on sopranino and soprano.

Jen Ashley  

Victoria Benjamin

Michael Brogan

Tom Bruton

Alison Bryant

Catherine Evison

Chris Jolly 

Dom Lawson

Sally MacTaggart 

Fraiser Patterson

Debbie Sargent

Claire Tomsett

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