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Richard Scholfield

A Celebration of the music of J.S Bach


Exactly 300 years after the publication of Volume 1 of the Well Tempered Klavier we are pleased and proud to present the music of J.S.Bach on the saxophone. This programme will be performed by talented young Scottish saxophonist Richard Scholfield. Continuing to build on connecting with the young musicians of East Dunbartonshire, Richard will be joined in concert by saxophonists Euan Kemp (from Milton of Campsie) and Sam Haouchine, who both study with him at the Music School of Douglas Academy.

12 March 2022

Bach Collaboration with Euan Kemp and Sam Haouchine

J.S. Bach (transc. R. Scholfield)
Violin Partita III (Richard)

Gavotte en Rondeau
Menuet I – Menuet II

J.S. Bach (transc. J. Larocque)
Two-part inventions no. 1, 6 (Euan & Sam)

Jay Capperauld
Déjà Vu (Richard)

J.S. Bach (transc R. Scholfield)
Organ Trio Sonata IV: Andante, BWV 528 (all)

J.S. Bach (transc. R. Scholfield)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (all)

Richard Scholfield is a Scottish saxophonist whose artistic approach weaves together tradition and innovation. His nuanced and characterful performances create meaningful connections with audiences and collaborators.

Alongside his passion for showcasing the diverse and often underappreciated repertoire of the saxophone, Richard is skilled as an arranger and transcriber and is always looking for new opportunities to explore the capabilities of the saxophone. He has created a wide range of solo and chamber transcriptions of both original saxophone repertoire as well as historical works originally composed for other instruments, by composers such as J.S. Bach, Dvorak, Prokofiev and Poulenc.

One of Richard’s most recent projects was a concert tour with the Resol String Quartet featuring a specially written programme of new arrangements, excerpts of which were featured in a live appearance on BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped with Jamie MacDougall. The project toured extensively within Scotland and was supported by the National Lottery through funding from Creative Scotland.

Richard has performed concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2018), the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Wind Orchestra (2017) and the Kelvin Ensemble (2017). Richard has also appeared with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. He is delighted to be a 2020 City Music Foundation Artist.

Richard attended the London Sinfonietta Academy and the European University of Saxophone, receiving guidance from some of the finest saxophonists in Europe. During his undergraduate and masters studies, he also made frequent trips to the Conservatorium van Amsterdam for solo lessons and chamber music coaching with Arno Bornkamp and Willem van Merwijk, as well as to attend events such as the SAX18 festival.

Richard gained a Master of Arts degree in saxophone performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2019 under Josef Pacewicz and visiting professor Arno Bornkamp. During his studies he was awarded the Governors’ Recital Prize for Woodwind, as well as being awarded twice the Governors’ Recital Prize for Chamber Music. He attained first prize at the 2018 RCS Woodwind Concerto Competition, and was invited to perform Edward Gregson’s saxophone concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Perth Concert Hall.