The Polaris Duo are delighted to have released their debut album 'illuminate'!
The CD features works by Manchester based composers Andy Scott, Melissa Douglas and Rob Buckland as well as arrangements and original works by Gustav Bumcke, C.P.E. Bach, Camille Saint-Saens and Paul Mitchell-Davidson.
Gillian Blair (saxophone) and Elinor Nicholson (harp) formed the Polaris Duo in 2011 whilst studying at the RNCM and have since been exploring an eclectic range of repertoire and possibilities for this unusual instrumentation.
They gave the world premiere of Andy Scott’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Harp at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress and have recently been featured in the Lake District Summer Music ‘New Generation Artists’ Concert Series. They have performed at venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Buxton Opera House, Heswall Arts Festival, Warwick University and the RNCM Concert Hall, as well as regularly performing for music societies throughout the UK.
They won 2nd prize in the 2015 British Harp Chamber Music Competition where Gillian was also awarded the prize for best wind player.
Gillian and Elinor both graduated with first class honours on the Bachelor of Music course at the RNCM and both have gained a distinction in the RNCM Master of Music Course. In 2015 they were individually selected as finalists for the prestigious RNCM Gold Medal Competition and have both recently been selected as finalists for the 2016 RNCM Concerto Competition.
The Polaris Duo is dedicated to presenting new music and expanding the repertoire for this uncommon pairing of instruments. They have worked closely with several composers on new works and have given UK, European and World premieres of pieces from both local and international composers.