Saxtet Publications (SXP) was established in 1990, and is a publishing company specialising in quality new sheet music for the saxophone. It is based in Birmingham, England and is run by saxophonists for saxophonists.
Saxtet Publications evolved from Saxtet, a saxophone quartet established in 1985 at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Initially, all SXP's works were written for performance by Saxtet members but it now also publishes arrangements and original compositions by many other composers from all around the world. The catalogue currently contains over 100 works, several of which appear on the saxophone syllabuses of the UK's music examining boards.
Saxophonists respond enthusiastically to SXP titles and the wealth of supporting information (audio samples, programme notes and composer biographies) that appear on the website. With its news and event pages, the site has gradually become a hub of saxophonic communication, and recruiting for the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain was launched through its pages.
SXP also takes active steps to promote excellence; projects include its pioneering Sax Scorchers studies album (a co-operative project involving SXP composers and on-line 'Sibelius' musicians, which now has six titles on music exam syllabuses), its 2004 sax quartet performance and composition competitions and its support of the National Sax Choir's 2005 composition competition.