WELCOME OPENING PERFORMANCE
Andy Sheppard’s Saxophone Massive is an epic performance. A huge number of sax players, assembled from across the town and region, mark the reopening of The Piece Hall and the launch of Welcome.
A feast for the eyes and ears, this is a spectacular musical fanfare that has real sax appeal…
Led by world-renowned jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard, the big band will perform an original composition amongst the colonnaded galleries of our Georgian building, filling the whole space with music and celebration.
An ECM recording artist, bandleader and composer, Andy Sheppard is one of Europe’s leading saxophonists and one of a very few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene.
An international phenomenon, Saxophone Massive has been performed in cities across Europe including in the UK, France and Norway and is now commissioned for Halifax.
"It is an immense honour to be bringing my Saxophone Massive to Halifax and to be the first major event to take place in the new Piece Hall. Music unites" communities and by reaching out to and including local musicians to be part of the massive, amateur and professional alike, we will present an event that showcases the best regional talent to an audience celebrating The Piece Hall, one of the most stunning buildings in Yorkshire.”
A massive musical feat that’s both uplifting and astonishing.