The Sounding Cities Duo

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Naomi Sullivan

Naomi Sullivan studied at Cetham's School of Music, Royal College of Music and Northwestern University. She has been Head of Saxophone at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire since 2008. She has been a member of the Paragon Quartet (BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM broadcasts), Zephirus Quartet (R.O.S.L prizewinners and Tunnell Trust Artists) and Flotilla (lead by Kyle Horch: www.flotilla.org.uk). She leads the quartet SYZYGY (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Park Lane Group Young Artist, Help Musician's UK award winners).

As an orchestral musician, Naomi has worked for BCMG, CBSO, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, The Opera Group, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Chineke, and more.

She has given masterclasses at a number of institutes including the Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban, Chetham's School of Music, Purcell School, 2017 Andorra SaxFest, University of Texas, the Royal Conservatoires of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Ferrara, Fermo and Pesaro.

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Luke Newby

After completing an undergraduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2012, Luke moved to the UK and completed an MMus (Performance and Pedagogy) and MMus (Performance) studying with Jo Patton and Mark O’Brien.

In 2017 Luke was awarded the Town Hall Symphony Hall prize as a member of the Verbunkos Trio. As an advocate of new music Luke has given several premieres in the UK and South Africa. He has performed as a guest artist with the BCMG NEXT scheme and always strives to perform challenging and exciting repertoire.

Luke is also a passionate educator and workshop leader. He was the 2018/2019 Trainee Music Leader with Wigmore Hall Learning and has also worked on community projects with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera North and BBC Proms.