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. She is the current leader and baritone player of the Abelia Saxophone Quartet.
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.
Grace continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she is in her third year, studying with Rob Buckland. Whilst at the RNCM, Grace performs frequently with both the Abelia and Carnelian Saxophone quartets, and pursues her love of folk and arranging with a new cross-over folk trio. Other highlights include performing with the RNCM Jazz Collective, Session Orchestra and Saxophone Orchestra. She has also premiered several new solo pieces composed for her with an upcoming concerto premiere in October.