in:spire with... Rob Buckland (saxophone) and Peter Lawson (piano)

Rob Buckland & Peter Lawson
  • Tuesday 4 February
    7.00 – 8.00pm
Ticket typeCost
Suggested donation (cash only)£8

One of Europe's leading saxophonists, Rob Buckland, is joined in recital by international concert pianist, Peter Lawson for a daring programme showcasing this most beautiful and versatile of instruments.

in:spire with... is thrilled to be hosting this world-class and widely acclaimed duo partnership. This is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of programme - not to be missed!

The evening will have an informal vibe and will be followed by wine and nibbles. The event is free of charge, although a donation of £8 (cash) on the door would be welcomed. Doors open at 6.30pm.


Rob Buckland is internationally acclaimed as one of the most distinctive, versatile and influential Saxophonists of his generation, performing with his long-term duo partner Peter Lawson, with the Equivox Trio and with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. He regularly performs and records with a diverse range of ensembles, both classical and jazz, ranging from the Michael Nyman Band, Michael Buble’s UK Big Band, touring with Elvis Costello and the UK’s leading orchestras. He has performed as concerto soloist with the CBSO, RLPO, Orchestra of Opera North, Chinese National Symphony, Macau Chamber Orchestra, Strasbourg Radio Philharmonic, Atlantica String Ensemble, Banda Sinfonica Porto, Portuguese Air Force Band, Slovenian Army Band, Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and the Central Band of the RAF. He has commissioned and recorded music from many of today’s leading composers, recorded on his own solo CDs, including a recording of commissioned concertos, a disc with his Equivox Trio, and eight CDs with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, (of which he is a founder member, commissioning over 100 new works for the medium since the groups inception in 1985). Future projects include a new recording and collaboration with pianist Gwylim Simcock, solo tours in South Africa, Australia and Europe, touring the collaborative project between the Apollo Quartet and Artvark Quartet, recently released on CD to critical acclaim, and directing his new ‘Super Big Tramp Band’ project with Supertramp saxophonist John Hellwell. He has written a major saxophone book ‘Playing The Saxophone’ detailing advanced technique and practice methods based on 22 years of teaching at the RNCM. As a composer and arranger, his works feature on the concert stage, on numerous CDs, in projects accompanying black & white film and poet, and on all of the major exam syllabi. Rob is also in demand as a creative record producer and engineer, working with a wide range of artists from solo, duo, chamber ensemble, big band and strings to multi-tracked cross-genre studio albums.

Rob is Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he leads the UK’s most active and innovative conservatoire saxophone department and is Deputy Head of Chamber Music, overseeing the wind chamber groups at the college. He conducts and arranges for his unique RNCM ArkEnsemble, a cutting edge high-energy wind ensemble, is co-Artistic Director of the annual RNCM Saxophone Day, is a solo artist and endorsee for Henri Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren Reeds, and is published by


Peter Lawson studied in Manchester with Derrick Wyndham and Sulamita Aronovsky and has since appeared as soloist with most British orchestras, playing concertos from Mozart to Richard Rodney Bennett. Frequently broadcasting for Radio 3, Peter has given recitals throughout the UK as well as playing in Holland, France, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Luxembourg, Japan and Russia.

Peter’s many commercial recordings include Satie (for EMI and subsequently awarded a Silver Disc), 2 CDs of American Sonatas for Virgin Classics following the award of a Churchill Fellowship to the USA and Michael Nyman’s concerto (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). Peter also works with the Equivox Trio, Tango5 (recreating the tango quintets of Piazzolla) and the recorder player John Turner. Recent recording projects include a new piano version of Rawsthorne’s Practical Cats and a CD of commemorative pieces for the composer John McCabe.
Peter taught at Chetham’s School of Music for almost 40 years and has been an external examiner for many institutions including the Universities of Manchester, Sheffield, Edinburgh-Napier, Huddersfield and Birmingham Conservatoire. He continues as tutor in piano at the RNCM and is a member of the diploma panel, examining for the ABRSM.


Rob Buckland (saxophone) and Peter Lawson (piano)


  • CHICK COREA (arr. Buckland): Children's Songs
  • TAKASHI YOSHIMATSU: Fuzzy Bird Sonata
  • ROB BUCKLAND: Altogenesis
  • SOMEI SATOH: Incarnation II
  • TIM GARLAND: Blues for Little Joe

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