Grace Macdonald was born and grew up in Jersey in the Channel Islands. Keen to join her school band, she began playing the saxophone when she was 11 years old and came to Chetham’s School of Music at 17, in September 2013. She is now in her final year, studying saxophone with Andrew Wilson and also taking piano, singing and clarinet lessons.
Prior to Chetham’s, Grace was Jersey’s Young Woodwind Player of the Year for 2012 and 2013. In 2013 she also won the Jersey Symphony Award which gave her the opportunity of playing with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra at their Summer Proms concert and performing a concerto with the Jersey Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Her time at Chetham’s has seen her take part in a wide variety of concerts both in and out of school. These range from a performance of Bernstein’s On the Waterfront with Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra at the Milton Court Concert Hall in London’s Barbican, to being a soloist in the Ronald Binge Saxophone Concerto with the Bridgnorth Sinfonia. She has also performed with piano, in concerts in Ischia, Italy and St James, London. Grace has attended master classes with Vincent David, Rob Buckland, Kyle Horch, Phillipe Geiss and Naomi Sullivan.
A keen chamber musician, Grace recently performed La Creation du Monde, taking the solo saxophone role at the Bridgewater Hall and St Wilfrid’s Church. Other concerts include performing with her saxophone quartet and a saxophone and percussion ensemble featuring a guest cellist. She is currently preparing a Busch’s saxophone and string quintet with fellow Chetham’s students.
This July, Grace is looking forward to playing with piano, and her percussion ensemble, at the Gower Festival in Wales.
In September she will be continuing her studies at the RNCM under the tuition of Carl Raven and Rob Buckland. Grace is particularly interested in developing her Chamber music experience and would eventually like to study abroad.