Thursday, 29 October 2015

New dates for 2015/16!

After a lovely summer that included gigs at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg and then the Edinburgh Festival Fringe we pleased to announce some new dates!

November 14th - Edinburgh Society of Musicians 7.30pm
3 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3BL

November 18th - St Andrews University, Byre Theatre 1.10pm £3

November 19th - Schotts Music Shop 7pm £10
48 Great Marlborourgh Street, London

March 25th - Eastgate Arts Centre 7.30pm £10
Peebles EH45 8AD

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Concert Dates for April/May 2015

After much honest toil, our Beyond The Coral Sea tour has come together and we hope to see friends old and new at one of the following events:

Thursday 30 April, 8pm. CCA, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow  CCA website 

Saturday 2 May, 2.30pm. Tolbooth, Stirling,  Tollbooth website

Friday 8 May, 1.15pm, University of Hull   University of Hull

Sunday 10 May, 7.30pm Assembly Roxy, Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh.  Assembly Roxy

Thursday 14 May, 1pm, Town House, High St, Inverness  Inverness Chamber Music

Saturday 16 May, 12pm, St Andrews Cathedral, King St, Aberdeen St Andrews Cathedral

We also have dates for later in the year, including one for our London friends; details to follow....!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

New Dates for 2015

So far we have the following confirmed for 2015, but there are others in the pipeline awaiting final confirmation, so keep watching this space.....!

Friday 8 May 2015       Lunchtime recital and masterclass at  University of Hull

Thursday 14 May         Lunchtime recital at The Town House, Inverness.  Inverness Chamber Music

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The Forge, London.

Really looking forward to playing at such a great venue and catching up with those of you who are based 'down south'.

Wed 23rd October - Doors 7pm / Music 7.30pm

Tickets - £12 / £10

The Forge in Camden is a beautiful space, has a great bar / restaurant and even serves cocktails!

Latest gig news!

After our lovely trip to Mull we've got some more gigs coming up - hope to see some of you there!

Thursday 17th October 2013 - Emmanuel Church Recital Series, Loughborough - 12.45pm

Wednesday 23rd October 2013 - The Forge, London - Doors 7pm / Music 7.30pm

Saturday 15th February 2014 - Paisley Abbey - lunchtime recital

Sunday 16th February 2014 - Strathdee Music Club, Deeside Theatre, Aboyne  - 3pm

Tuesday 18th February 2014 - Perth Chamber Music, St John's Kirk, Perth - 7.30pm

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Other exciting news..

We've been getting lots of lovely feedback about the album in the national press and even some airplay too.

"Infectious energy and moody quietude"  - The Observer

"Limitless, enchanting and implacable. If you buy only one saxophone record this year, make this the one” Norman Lebrecht, (album of the week)

“McKenzie’s playing is touching and beautifully-crafted. Sawers supports that with sympathetic finesse”  - The Scotsman

"They have no boundaries...classical, jazz, folk, world music...they encompass it all" - BBC Radio Scotland

"The performances from the McKenzie Sawers Duo are exemplary and both give sympathetic account of all the music on the disc and create some highly evocative performances." -

When we were away on our Artist's Retreat at Crear we got the exciting news that Sue has been invited to become a Rico Artist.  It's a great honour and it's going to be great working with Rico to promote the saxophone and some rather fine reeds!

What's the story, Balamory?...

Just back from a lovely gig at An Tobar on Mull. We had a fantastic audience, Ingrid made her debut on harmonium, there was music from the album as well as some new stuff including pedals and effects. We also paid a visit to Ulva Primary School where we did a workshop with the entire school - all 10 of them!  We rounded that off by going to The Boathouse for lunch (which you can only get to by fishing boat) and then had a little swim in the sea at the Black Beach.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Album Release

Our debut album will be officially released on February 11th 2013 but is available to pre-order NOW at  Presto Classical.  It will also be available on Amazon and iTunes.  We'd like to say a huge thank-you to Creative Scotland and everyone at Delphian Records for making it possible! 

             "From the pounding muscularity of Graham Fitkin to the blues-drenched melancholy of Mark-Anthony Turnage, Edinburgh duo Sue McKenzie and Ingrid Sawers bring stylistic authority and idiomatic flair to everything they play on this, their debut recording".


Sunday, 20 January 2013

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Latest news 

We have been invited to take part in the Enterprise Music Scotland Creative Exchange which involves an artist’s retreat at Crear in Argyll.

With the help of Creative Scotland we will release our first CD, “The Coral Sea” on Delphian Records ( which will be available February 2013.

McKenzie Sawers Duo have been signed with Yorkshire Concert Artists Agency (

Recent performances 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Venue 95, 2012 (August 2012)

16th World Saxophone Congress, St Andrews 2012 (July 2012)

International Chamber Music Matters Conference, Merchants Hall, Glasgow (May 2012)