Dominic Childs | saxophone
D'Addario artist, Dominic Childs is much in demand as a classical saxophonist and music educator who enjoys a multi-dimensional career. As an orchestral musician, Dom has toured, recorded and performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, including live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and performing at the ‘Last Night of the Proms’.
Since 2010 Dom has been the Alto Saxophonist in the award winning Forseti Saxophone quartet based in Cologne. In October 2011, the Forseti Quartet were awarded the Carl Pontén Prize in the 4th European Chamber Music Competition in Karlsruhe and regularly perform throughout Europe. Dom is a passionate music educator having been the Saxophone Tutor for the National Youth Wind Ensemble, Deputy Saxophone Teacher at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music as well as giving workshops across the UK including at Chetham’s School of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. In March 2013 he began the role of Saxophone Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department, and in 2015 founded the Saxophone Programme on the Ingenium Academy International Summer School.
Having been at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester learning with Jim Muirhead, he went on to study at the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch. During this time he was a winner of the Yamaha European Foundation Scholarship competition and the Jane Melber Saxophone Competition. After completing his undergraduate degree he moved to Cologne, Germany to further his studies at the Hochschule für Musik with Prof. Daniel Gauthier. Initially granted a DAAD Scholarship, he was further awarded a ‘Leverhulme Study Abroad Scholarship’ which allowed him to complete his Masters degree in the summer of 2012. Coincidentally he was also the first Erasmus exchange student to study at the Conservatoire de Musique in Lyon, where he spent six months studying with Jean-Denis Michat.
On his return to the UK in 2012, Dom was awarded the 2nd Prize in the prestigious ‘Tunbridge Wells International Young Artist Competition.’
In 2017, Dom became the first Chair of the Hertfordshire Festival of Music.