The Ashes

Nexas Quartet

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Nexas Quartet


‘Utterly startling … adrenaline fueled.’ Limelight magazine

About Nexas Quartet

Four saxophonists, one incredible quartet. Since their formation in 2002, Sydney-based ensemble Nexas Quartet has premiered countless new Australian works and collaborated with the finest musicians while focusing on promoting the musical diversity of the saxophone. The virtuosic ensemble remains at the forefront of chamber music today.

About this concert

Sporting history is full of intense rivalries. This competitive spirit is most apparent in The Ashes Test cricket series between England and Australia. Ever since English cricket ‘died at the oval’ (The Sporting Times) following Australia’s epic victory in 1882, resulting in a ridiculous mock obituary and the creation of the mythic urn, (most likely holding the ashes of a cricket ball), Aussies have leapt at the prospect of beating the Brits again. Igniting the same atmosphere of one-upmanship, Nexas Quartet performs some of the best British compositions for saxophone quartet head-to-head with stellar new works by Australian composers. If cricket is anything to go by, this high-energy concert could quickly become the stuff of legend.

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Nexas Quartet
Michael Duke soprano saxophone
Andrew Smith alto saxophone
Nathan Henshaw tenor saxophone
Jay Byrnes baritone saxophone


Brenton Broadstock
Safe Haven

Lyle Chan
In medias res

Tim Dargaville

Richard Rodney Bennett

Ian Wilson
So Softly

Will Gregory
Lost Bronze

Gerard Brophy