This afternoon we listened to an exquisite concert; Bl!ndman (a saxophone quartet) playing Bach in a small Baroque church in the Ardennes. Bl!ndman’s founder, Eric Sleichim, has explained how once he practised Bach’s flute sonatas on a soprano saxophone and was astounded to realise that the sounds produced resembled woodwind and brass, voices and organ sounds. Years later, Bl!ndman used Bach’s four-part chorales to sound out the acoustics of concert rooms and also to practise close harmony. Though playing Bach on the saxophone seemed taboo, Sleichim became increasingly convinced that his saxophone quartet could offer ‘an essential view of this almost 300 year-old music’. And then he discovered the younger Bach’s little-known organ works, the Choralpartiten, and knew that he had found what he was looking for. Beautiful; simply beautiful.