Sally MacTaggart

Saxophonist

Sally is an award-winning saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and teacher based in London. Sally’s performances vary from solo and chamber recitals through to orchestral extra work and theatre work in the west end and on national tours.

Sally is a member of award-winning chamber ensemble Kaleidoscope. Described as “irresistible” by The Times, the ensemble has won awards from the City Music Foundation, Worshipful Company of Musicians, Hattori Foundation, Tunnell Trust and Park Lane Group. Recent highlights have included performances at the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Bridgewater Hall and the Purcell Room. They released their critically acclaimed debut album Oil in July 2016.

As a freelance musician Sally has performed with numerous orchestras, ensembles and participated in a wide variety of projects. Recent work includes performing with the Chroma ensemble in collaboration with the Royal Opera House on the multi-award-winning opera 4.48 Psychosis, Britten Sinfonia’s televised BBC Prom in 2017, as a soloist with Manchester Camerata for International Women’s Day, and Opera North’s acclaimed production of Kiss me Kate.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Sally is a versatile and sought-after pit musician with the ability to play saxophones, flutes, clarinets and oboe. She regularly plays in the west end and on tours across the UK and Europe. Recent productions include Billy Elliot, Motown, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dusty, Shrek, Elf and Big Fish.

Sally began her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Rob Buckland and Andy Scott, and graduated with first class honours in 2010. During her time there she picked up numerous accolades including the RNCM Creative Soloist prize, RNCM Concerto award and RNCM Chamber Ensemble of the Year. Following this she relocated to London and achieved a Masters with distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she learned with Christian Forshaw, John Harle and Nick Moss. She was supported in her studies with scholarships from the Philharmonia's Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and also the Countess of Munster Trust. 

Sally teaches for Edge Grove and Finton House Schools alongside her private teaching commitments, delivering high-level tuition to players of all abilities. Her students have gone on to win places at conservatoires, universities, junior music college departments and scholarship places into some of the top private schools in the country, as well as being accepted into the National Youth Wind Orchestra, National Youth Wind Ensemble and National Children’s Orchestras. In 2012 she was selected and completed a leadership apprenticeship with Spitalfields Music supported by Help Musicians. She continues to use these skills to lead workshops for Live Music Now, Worshipful Company of Musicians outreach and schools across the country. Outside of term time, she coaches on the Harrogate Saxophone Summer School.