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Simon Haram

Professor of Saxophone at the Guildhall for over 10 years, he is currently Visiting Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and has given masterclasses at the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music.

Simon is much sought after as a recitalist and ensemble player, appearing with the Graham Fitkin Group, Michael Nyman Band, Nash Ensemble, Composers' Ensemble and all the London Orchestras. He was appointed Principal Saxophone of the London Sinfonietta in 1997. He recently joined Will Gregory's Synth Orchestra as EWI and keyboard player.

As a soloist, Simon has appeared with the London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Of St John's, Soloists of the Royal Opera House, East Of England Orchestra, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Simon has given several world premieres: Andrew Poppy's double concerto Horn, Horn, commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for Simon & John Harle, Dave Heath's Moroccan Fantasy commissioned for Simon by the East of England Orchestra and Tan Dun's Orchestral Theatre III: Red Forecast with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the 1996 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Another work, Dave Heath's Dawn of a New Age was commissioned by the King's Lynn Festival for Simon & Evelyn Glennie and was first performed in July 1999. Waleed Howrani's Concerto for Alto Saxophone was also given it's world premiere by Simon with the English Chamber Orchestra in 2007.

The London Sinfonietta have commissioned two solo works for Simon. The Colour of Scars, a new concerto by Fraser Trainer, which was given its world premiere at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in May 2001 and iris, by Tansy Davis, which was premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in 2004.

Simon has been recording primarily for the Black Box Music label in recent years, and his first solo CD for them, entitled On Fire, was released in 1998 and features six world premiere recordings of British saxophone music with piano and electronics. Subsequently, Alone… (1999) featuring minimalist songs and themes and Frame (2001) including the world premiere recording of Michael Nyman's The Piano Sings, have been released to critical acclaim. A recording of Michael Nyman's concerto, Where the Bee Dances with the Ulster Orchestra was released on the Naxos label and Simon has also made CD's with Virgin Classics and Cala Records.


The Graham Fitkin Ensemble are: Simon Haram - soprano/alto saxes +ewi | Nick Moss -sop/alto/tenor saxes + bass clarinet | Noel Langley - trumpets, flugel horn | Adrian Spillett - percussion, vibraphone, drums | Joby Burgess - percussion, marimba, drums | Graham Fitkin - piano | Alan Thomas - guitars, mandolin | Ruth Wall - wire strung, bray and lever harps | John Lunn - bass

events in 2010 with Simon Haram
  Date Day Time Location Event Details
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21Thu 7.30 pmAberdeenGraham Fitkin Ensemble