Grace Macdonald was born and grew up in Jersey, she began playing saxophone aged 11 and went on to be ‘Jersey Young Woodwind Player’ in 2012 and 2013. She also won the Jersey Symphony Award in 2013 leading to a performance with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra at their Summer Proms concert and a concerto with the Jersey Youth Chamber Orchestra. She left Jersey to attend Chetham’s School of Music. Whilst at Chetham’s, Grace had the opportunity to perform in many concerts both in and out of school; from a performance of Bernstein’s On the Waterfront at the Barbican in London with the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra to the Ronald Binge Saxophone concerto with the Bridgnorth Sinfonia. She has also performed with piano in concerts in Ischia, Italy and St James, Piccadilly in London. She also obtained level 4 diplomas is Music Performance (saxophone) with distinction and Music Theory. Grace continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she has recently graduated with a first. Whilst at the RNCM, Grace has premiered several new pieces as a soloist including two concertos. She has also commissioned one solo work and six works for her quartet – the Carnelian Saxophone Quartet. Grace is a keen chamber musician; as well as many local concerts with Carnelian, she has toured China, Switzerland and Portugal with the Abelia Saxophone Quartet.

 

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