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Saxophone extravaganza supports local causes

Jesus College Organ Scholar, Drew Sellis, and Dean of Chapel, The Rev’d James Crockford, will broadcast an online recital of saxophone duets on Monday 22 March from 6.00pm, to raise funds for this term’s Chapel charities, Jimmy’s Night Shelter and Romsey Mill.

Accompanied by pianist Christopher Too, Drew and James will perform a varied programme including Telemann’s witty Canonical Sonatas, J S Bach’s magisterial Double Concerto, and works by Richard Rodney Bennett and Gordon Goodwin. The recital will be broadcast live from Chapel on Monday 22nd March, at 6.00pm on the Chapel Facebook page. The video will also remain available to watch later.

Drew is a first-year Music student and Organ Scholar at Jesus. He holds an ARSM diploma in saxophone performance and was announced a ‘Chamber Champion’ at the Pro Corda Festival 2020 for his performance with the Queen Elizabeth’s Saxophone Quartet.

Prior to ordination, James read Music at the University of Nottingham. He holds an FRSM in saxophone performance, and his arrangements for saxophones are published by Saxtet.

The fundraiser is as part of a termly Chapel initiative to support local, national and international charity work in various sectors. You can donate online - all contributions will make a difference to those in great need in the local Cambridge community.

Jimmy’s Night Shelter works with the local community, volunteer, and partner agencies to deliver 24/7 emergency accommodation for people who are homeless in Cambridge. Romsey Mill is a charity working with young people, children and families in the city and county, overcoming disadvantage, challenging injustice and promoting social inclusion through education and support programmes.

The Rev’d James Crockford commented: “This year of all years has been incredibly hard for those in our local community living in conditions of deprivation, poverty and social disadvantage. We have also seen the power of music to carry us through dark times. Here, in some small way, we hope to use one to ease the other – please do give generously.”