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Grace Macdonald recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music where she received a 1st class Bachelor of Music with Honours degree in Saxophone Performance. Grace began her musical journey in Jersey where she began playing the saxophone aged 11, going on to be Jersey’s Young Woodwind Player in 2012 and 2013. She also won the Jersey Symphony Award in 2013 leading to her concerto debut with the Jersey Youth Chamber Orchestra and a solo performance with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

At age 17, Grace achieved a place at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music, where she studied for two years. Whilst at Chetham’s, Grace was given an education in all aspects of music and obtained diplomas in Music Theory and saxophone performance. She also earned many performance opportunities; including a performance of Bernstein’s ‘On the Waterfront’ at the Barbican in London with the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and a performance of the Ronald Binge ‘Saxophone Concerto’ with the Bridgnorth Sinfonia. Throughout her high school education, Grace regularly represented her peers in student leadership roles, organising several concerts and events.

Grace joined the accelerated 3-year-course BMus at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2015. Throughout her time at RNCM Grace has performed with RNCM ensembles, including Big Band, Session Orchestra, Jazz Collective, Brand New Orchestra, Saxophone Orchestra and ArkEnsemble. Additionally, Grace has premiered several new pieces as a soloist including two concertos; ‘Glowing Canyons’ by Sebastian Winter with the RNCM Brand New Orchestra and ‘Fastness’ by Nick Simpson with the Athenean String Ensemble. She has also commissioned several solo works and saxophone quartets. Aside from performing as a soloist, Grace performs extensively with saxophone quartet. As well as many local recitals around the UK, she has toured China, Switzerland and Portugal.

Since graduating from the RNCM, Grace has successfully supported herself as a Freelance musician performing in classical, pop and jazz settings around the UK. She also ran a private music studio in Stockport where she taught saxophone, clarinet and piano in preparation for exams and concerts organised by herself.

In October, Grace began her masters studies at the UdK in Berlin with Johannes Ernst. Within the last six months, Grace has premiered five new works; with the UdK New Music Ensemble, her new Accordion and Saxophone duo AXO and theme music for the BMW New Horizon Art Car. Future plans include more involvement with the new music scene in Berlin and many more concerts with the AXO duo in Germany, Italy and the UK.

Contact Grace

Address: ** I now live in Germany, this account is kept active in case anyone is moving.

Kreuzberg/Mitte
Berlin, Germany
Greater Manchester
M5
Phone: +44 7931 270443
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00

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