Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

Key Facts


Kaleidoscope Quartet are: Sally MacTaggart, Guy Passey, Jenni Watson and Alastair Penman.

Former members: Ian Dingle, John Rittipo-Moore

Described by The Times  as ‘irresistible’, Kaleidoscope is an innovative collaboration between four creative young artists. The group’s approach is built on the distinct creative personalities of its members, with engaging programmes blending classical and contemporary music. The quartet’s work has led to multiple awards and high profile performances at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Bridgewater Hall.

The quartet’s lineup features an array of artistic skills, from award-winning soloists and multi-instrumentalists to innovative composers of music ranging from classical to electronic. The quartet is committed to the creation and performance of new music, and has commissioned and premiered works from numerous talented young composers including Michael Cryne (LSO Panufnik Young Composer) and Oliver Leith, whose new commission A Day at the Spa won a British Composer Award in 2016 and has been played on Radio 3.

Support from organisations such as the Tunnell Trust, Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Park Lane Group has led to performances at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, with the latter concert given a four star review in The Times. The group’s debut album Oil, released in 2016 was supported by the City Music Foundation, Hattori Foundation and a Help Musicians Emerging Excellence award. Produced by John Harle, it featured music by Gavin Bryars, Jonny Greenwood and Steve Martland as well as a major contribution to the repertoire in the form of superb new pieces by Oliver Leith, Jenni Watson and John Rittipo-Moore.

Future plans for the quartet include festival performances across the UK and Europe, and an exciting new commission from award-winning composer Mark Bowler.


Musicians’ Company Award: Maisie Lewis Prize 2014

Page Updated: May 2018