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Rising classical music star releases a new summer album

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 01:55

The winner of the 2013 Classic Brit Breakthrough Artist award Amy Dickson releases her album 'A Summer Place' inspired by the 1960s and the south of France. Francis Maguire reports.

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Just a year after reaching number one in the charts, a rising star of the classical music world is bringing out a new album. Amy Dickson is a classical saxophonist and she's looking to capture the vibe of a 1960s summer in the south of France with 'A Summer Place' SOUNDBITE (English) Musician, Amy Dickson, saying: "For me, I just thought that the most amazing, summery setting would be in the south of France in the 1960s, you know, by a pool, really, hair down properly and in a gown, you know, and so we were really kind of inspired by that setting and tried to find a sound world that would capture that." It's been a successful few years for the Australian. She's played at the Sydney Opera House and she's shown off her talents at the Royal Albert Hall. She's also picked-up a classic Brit award and seen her last album 'Dusk and Dawn' rise to number one in the charts. The sax itself is probably best known as a jazz instrument. But it started out in the classical genre with military bands and symphony orchestras. SOUNDBITE (English) Musician, Amy Dickson, saying: "It actually came to jazz relatively late in about 1920s it really came to jazz. And that was after jazz had started and that was, of course, in the United States and it obviously just became very widely known as a jazz instrument." She's been playing the sax since the age of six and all those years of training look to be paying off. Amy Dickson's album 'A Summer Place' is due out on August the 25th.

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Rising classical music star releases a new summer album

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 01:55