Tierney (born 1992) is a Sheffield born saxophonist and composer who first started music lessons learning piano at the age of six, then the alto saxophone aged ten. She achieved her Grade 8 alto saxophone qualification in November 2009. During her secondary school years she was a member of several school bands such as a local Sheffield School Swing Band; the popular Soul Band from another local Sheffield school and a member of several wind bands, including Bannerdale Concert Band and the City of Sheffield Youth Festival Band run by the Sheffield Music Service. As a student at the University of Sheffield she was a member of the Sheffield University Wind Orchestra (SUWO) playing the baritone saxophone, and in her third year played alto.
Throughout her time at the University she participated in many concerts both in the city as well as within the University Concert Series. The academic year 2012-2013 she starred in the band for the SUTCo play Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones and had her wind orchestra work Alice’s Adventures through Sound and Space premièred at the SUWO evening concert in Firth Hall on Sunday 25th November 2012. She also wrote The Pied Piper for the University’s Flute Choir, premièred in the Graves Gallery concert on Friday 26th April 2013. She also wrote Well I Got Me A Bike for tenor and string trio which won the Simon Armitage Composition Competition, premièred at a Graves Gallery concert of student compositions on Friday 3rd May 2013. Another composition that was premièred was Une Suite Des Petites Danses Contemporaines for flute and piano for fellow Music undergraduate James Rhodes which was performed on Friday 10th May 2013 in another Graves Gallery concert. Her final recital was performed on Wednesday 29th May at the University of Sheffield Drama Studio. She is now a graduate of her BMus degree at the University of Sheffield and is continuing with the part time MMus Music Research Masters degree at the university in performance and composition, studying under Dr. Mary Dullea and Dr. George Nicholson.
Most recently, Tierney won the national Richard Toeman Scholarship from the Music Publishers Association for her setting up CBWSM Publishing (now named Concert A). For more info see our Events page.
Tierney Kirby’s pieces made available by Concert A: