Saxophones with Kyle Horch & Lars Lien

Saxophones with Kyle Horch & Lars Lien

Monday 2nd August 2021 - Wednesday 4th August 2021
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Reserve Space(s)


The 2021 MusicFest saxophone course is designed to be a fun and thought-provoking source of summer inspiration for classically-based saxophonists whether they are of school-age, at conservatoire or university, or adult amateur musicians. A second online edition of the successful MusicFest saxophone course that has been held annually since 2017, the 2021 digital course will concentrate on masterclass sessions delivered in real time online. Each participant will present two different pieces during the three days, and will have a chance to be coached by both Kyle Horch and Lars Lien, who will offer their approaches to instrumental technique, interpretation, practice, performing, and listening.

Course content

The schedule will also include group sessions led by Kyle and Lars, on saxophone topics. An ideal course for learning saxophonists who are preparing for Grade or Diploma Exams, auditions of any kind, competitions – or just looking for a fruitful short period of learning in a digital masterclass format. Participants will also have access to specially prepared recordings of recital performances similar to those that that Lars and Kyle would have given in Aberystwyth if the festival had been able to take place as normal. Participants are encouraged to prepare at least one work for unaccompanied saxophone, which can be a recital piece, or a study – a suggested list will be sent to participants once they have signed up. Participants will also have the option of sending a pre-recorded video of their playing, to use as a starting point for their online coaching, if desired.

The digital course will feature two internationally respected saxophonists as tutors – Kyle Horch (UK) and Lars Lien (Norway).

About our course leaders

Kyle Horch is saxophone professor at the Royal College of Music in London. Since making his London debut at the Purcell Room in 1989, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at many venues in Britain and abroad. His recordings ChamberSax, AngloSax, and Flotilla have received international praise from reviewers. He has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, the chamber ensemble ‘Counterpoise’, and Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra. He has given masterclasses in Britain, France, Holland, Ireland, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, and the USA.

Lars Lien is saxophone professor at UiT Norges arkisket universitet – The Artic University of Norway – in Tromsø. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Norway, Europe, and the USA, including with Saxophon Concentus, NoXaS, Affinis Ensemble, and the Oslo Sinfonietta. In 2015 he released a solo recording of ground-breaking contemporary music for saxophone and voice, “Phonetix” on the LAWO label.

Our digital summer school 2021

For 2021, we are committed to providing the world-class, MusicFest experience that you have grown to love. Although we are not able to host our summer school in-person, we are working hard to provide a selection of courses online with our internationally renowned tutors. After your place on one of our 2021 courses has been accepted and confirmed, you will be sent a course pack outlining a detailed schedule, access details for your online sessions, and further information for you to get the most out of these special opportunities.

Financial Support

Musicfest Aberystwyth welcomes bursary students from all over the world and prides itself on offering high-quality, intensive training for music students, graduates, and music professionals. We do not wish finance to be a barrier to attending our Summer School so our bursaries (funds towards the cost of fees) are available to help students, graduates and young musicians attend our courses. Friends of MusicFest provide bursaries towards MusicFest Aberystwyth course fees for students in full-time education. The number of bursaries available is limited, so it is essential you apply as soon as possible.  For more information and how to apply, please visit our Fees and Bursaries page.

For more information about financial support, please visit our Fees and Bursaries page.



Request a space on this course

You can request a space on this course here. Applications will be reviewed, and if accepted we will send full information on course joining and fee payment via email. We aim to respond within 7 days to your reservation request.

If you are booking more than one place, you will need to fill in application details for each potential student. Mandatory fields are marked with *

Bookings are closed for this event.

Date(s) - Monday 2nd August 2021 - Wednesday 4th August 2021
10:30 am - 4:30 pm