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My daughter Hannah,  is making hand stitched felt decorations to raise money for Christmas. These are new designs for this years festive season.

each decoration is made to order and is available in a variety of colours. They are approximately  3 to 4 inches high and hang great on the tree or as special gift tags.

they cost £2.50 each and postage is £1 irrespective of how many you order

if you would like to order some, then please either get in touch either by leaving me a message here or email at

last year she sold loads, but don’t leave it too late as they are made to order especially for you.




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After the success of the Manchester workshop earlier this year, we are pleased to release details of our next workshop outside of Leicester.


We have been asked to organise one in York and after some research we found a suitable venue just outside.

The venue is:-

The Rural Arts Centre

The  Old Courthouse

4 Westgate




The day will be broken in to 3 sessions

1. Large saxophone choir

2. Small groups and performance

3. Improvisation and performance

The day is open to anyone aged 11 upwards (adults very welcome) and with 12 Months playing experience.  Registration opens at 9.30am and we start playing at 10am and finishing at 3pm with 30 minutes for lunch.  cost of the day is £30 per person, this does not include lunch.

The site has a free car park and on site Cafe for lunch.

We would love to hear from anyone that would like to join us for the day and take part in the fun and challenging music making.

You can contact me either here or or 07736 471861.

Check out our Facebook page StaxofSax for videos and pictures of previous events.

Look forward to hearing from you




ps. 14 of the 20 places are already book, so don’t delay or you may miss out.

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The 14th workshop at Leicester was another successful days playing.  The large ensemble piece was Michael Buble version of feeling good.  Now this provided everyone with a challenge as the tempo is very slow to start with and this can be as difficult as a fast piece.

The small groups worked on ‘Fever’, 4 Gershwin tunes and ‘When Sunny gets Blue’. good performances put in by all three groups.

The improvisation session included the tunes, Jamaica farewell, Canteloupe Island and Watermelon man. We looked at maintaining your place within the tune as you improvise and how to make your solos more interesting to the audience. 

The day finished with some pretty impressive jazz playing by the 3 groups, well done everyone.


We will announce our next day as soon as we can.  Hope to see you on the next one folks



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We have got 10 players booked for our first workshop outside of Leicester, 2 sops 4 altos 3 tenors and a Bari, If any Bari players out there are looking for something to do on Sunday 27th May, why not come and join us for a fun day of music making. Of course all other sax players are very welcome too.

We hope to have loads of pics to show and will keep you updated as we go.

Cant wait to set the sat nav and meet you folks face to face.

see you soon



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The date for the next workshop is April 11th in Leicester (south wigston). We have got a lot to live upto after the last one, but we are working hard to make it as good.

It will be run along the same lines as the last event (large ensemble, small groups and improvisation)with one exception, the improvisation section will be split into small groups, each with their own tune to work on, this will make the performances more interesting.

If you would like to join us for the day, please contact me either through here or

cost of the day has remained the same, £30.00 per person.

We look forward to hearing from you, please don’t delay in booking as 8 of the 20 places are gone already.

see you soon



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We had a really good day on the 29th December with 13 sax players of all ages and abilities joining us for the last workshop of 2011.

After a good warm up, we worked on Chris’s arrangement of ‘Don’t go Breaking my Heart’ Chris explained that Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote this one under assumed names of Orson & Carte (that was bad!).
After a short break the small groups worked on I’ve got Rhythm, Mambo No.5 and the Charleston and with only an hour to rehearse, there was some very good performances at the end.

The afternoon saw Nick Hislam leading the group in learning Blue Bossa and how to improvise over the chords. He had sent out the relevant dots and some scales to everyone before hand so that people could have a look before the day. The 2 hours session soon went and people had plenty of questions even after all of that playing.
The next workshops are book, so please have a look at the new post and give me a nudge if you feel that this is something that you would like to join us for, we would love to see you



ps there are more pictures on the StaxofSax facebook page.

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