Music lovers are in for a rare treat when acclaimed British saxophonist Andrew Young, an international recording artist and performer, takes to the stage at the Savoy Theatre in Port Elizabeth next weekend.
Young, who will perform at the theatre in Adcockvale next Sunday as part of his South African tour, began his musical training at the age of eight with clarinet and saxophone lessons.
However, he says: “I would rather have been playing football . . . time spent in front of the goalposts was as crucial as time spent practising my music and even after school I was torn between a career in football or music . . . Fortunately I made the right choice – music!”
After completing his music studies in London, Young moved to Germany to pursue his desire for a broader and more eclectic involvement in all genres of music. Now back in Britain, he has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras – and in concerts alongside pop/jazz and funk luminaries such as Matt Blanco and the Precious Wilson Band, and has received rave reviews worldwide.
An invitation to perform in South Africa saw him collaborate with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic and also the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and soon he became involved in the crosscurrents of South African and international music, meeting and being invited to perform with artists such as Joseph Shabalala (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), Jonathan Butler, Shakatak, Shirley Bassey, James Gallway and others.
Young’s debut album Soul People, a synergy of forces with BMG and top producer Dennis East, topped the SA charts twice and was nominated five times for the SA Music Awards.
His soulful rendition of classic love songs elicits a wave of emotion from even the most stoic listener. One simply has to listen to the hauntingly beautiful What a Wonderful World, Unforgettable or any of his original compositions to realise his complete mastery of the saxophone.
As well as the unmistakable sound of Young’s sax, he will be accompanied on keyboards and vocals to ensure a night to remember.
There are only 200 seats available and the show will start at 7.30pm. Tickets at R120 (R100 for pensioners) are available from Computicket.
-The Herald Reporter