We’ve had some very interesting and enjoyable collaborations in recent weeks! We performed with wonderful Japanese pianist, Reiko Fujisawa at Kings Place in London. In the build up to our 12th Carducci Festival at Highnam, we made a number of visits to the Gloucestershire Academy of Music, culminating in a joint performance at Highnam Church (pictured) on the eve of the Festival opening. The festival was a huge success! We had fantastic audiences and loved performing with our guest artists, Benedict Kloeckner (cello), Danny Driver (piano) and Michael Collins (clarinet). This was followed almost immediately by performances at Winchcombe Festival and a trip to the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival in Ireland. We had a fantastic time in this beautiful part of the world and enjoyed the Schubert cello quintet with Christian Elliott and a very unique and memorable performance of Shostakovich’s 8th Quartet alongside Irish dancer, Colin Dunne!
From Morpeth to St. Mawes!
We’ve had a fantastic few months, travelling all around the UK, performing in many wonderful places, including St Mawe’s in Cornwall, Morpeth and Dorchester, to name a few! We also returned to the Holywell Music Room to continue our Bartok Cycle, as well as performing a mini Bartok cycle in beautiful Shrewsbury (pictured). Our all Glass programme in Saint John’s Smith Square was a great success and we had a lovely visit to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, where we performed and gave masterclasses. We were delighted to take part in a very memorable concert at London’s Bridge Theatre, where we performed Shostakovich’s 8th Quartet alongside readings by actors Simon Russell Beale, Andrew Scott and Nikki Amuka-Bird!
New release of ‘Nimrod’
We are delighted to share our new release of Elgar’s stunningly beautiful ‘Nimrod’ from the Enigma Variations! We were also very excited to see this video shared on Classic FM’s site and humbled by all of the lovely comments!
We’re very excited to perform Philip Glass’s Quartets Nos 1-5 at Saint John’s Smith Square on the 23rd of March. This will be a rare opportunity to hear these very beautiful and intimate works all in one concert. Not to be missed! You can see all of the details and book here. We hope to see you there!
Canada, commissions and the beginning of Bartok 2018!
Before the end of 2017, we managed trips to Holland and Spain for concerts before a well earned break over Christmas. We’ve hit the ground running at the beginning of 2018, immersing ourselves in the world of Bartok and his incredible string quartets. We’ll be performing a lot of Bartok throughout the year so keep an eye out for concerts near you! Our year began with a concert in Cheltenham, where we gave the premiere of Simon Rowland-Jones’s fantastic piece, Flock of Knot. Then, after concerts in Ipswich, London and Oxford (to name a few) we jetted of to snowy Hamilton, Canada to perform, but allowing enough time to explore Toronto (pictured) and visit Niagara Falls! We now look forward to beginning our Bartok series at Syde Manor, where we will be performing the complete cycle across three concerts along with introductions from BBC Radio 3’s Stephen Johnson.
Cruise, recordings and Canada!
We’ve had an exciting few months, performing concerts and travelling to new places! In September, we performed on the Black Watch cruise ship with Kirker Music Holidays, visiting Copenhagen, Helsinki, St Petersburg and Tallinn. On our return, we performed a live lunchtime concert for BBC Radio 3 at LSO St Lukes and a concert at St Peter’s Eaton Square with Emma Johnson (clarinet). Shortly after, we performed the Beethoven septet with Emma at Turner Sims Concert Hall. This was a live recording, which will be released next year. We spent a lovely few days recording the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Weber with Julian Bliss at Wyastone Concert Hall in beautiful Monmouthshire. We travelled to Hull, the European City of Culture 2017 for two concerts with Craig Ogden (guitar) as well as concerts in Canterbury, Eastbourne and Oxford. We have just returned from an exciting trip to Canada, where we performed our Toronto debut at St Lawrence Centre for the Arts. As we recover from the jetlag, we look forward to some more travelling in the next few weeks!
Summer festivals and more
We’ve had a fantastic Summer, performing a lovely variety of repertoire at many festivals! We also had the privilege to perform at the Stoller Hall, a beautiful new venue in Manchester, as well as a BBC lunchtime concert at Wigmore Hall. In June we recorded our second Shostakovich disc for Signum Classics and can’t wait to hear the results. We will certainly let you know when it is available! We flew to Ireland for the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival, where we performed with Michael Collins (clarinet) and Irish pianist, Finghin Collins. This Summer, we revisited our Shostakovich cycle at the Ryedale Festival, performing the quartets alongside poetry read by the wonderful actor, Alex Jennings and we returned to Syde manor (pictured) for an immersive Mendelssohn weekend for the Cheltenham Music Festival. We are now excitedly looking forward to a new season!
Alongside many concerts around the UK, a trip to Valencia (Spain) and some post-marathon recovery, we excitedly completed our preparations for our 11th Carducci Festival at Highnam! We were thrilled with the turnout this year and the wonderful audience reaction. This year, we performed our family concert in the extraordinary setting of the barn at Over Farm Market. It was slightly chilly but this didn’t dampen the spirits of the many families in attendance! Many thanks to our fantastic guest artists for some truly memorable concerts. The festival finished with a particularly moving performance of Beethoven’s Letters by actor Crawford Logan, interspersed with movements of his quartets. We now look forward to next year’s festival so watch this space for more details!
Touring and Running
It’s been a very busy few months with lots of travelling! We loved returning to our beloved Wigmore Hall with a lovely, varied programme of Haydn, Shostakovich, Webern and Beethoven. We had a wonderful few days in Scotland including a fun evening collaborating with the Katona Twins Guitar Duo! Shortly after, the quartet flew to Spain to perform Monk’s Music with baritone Gordon Jones in the stunning city of Salamanca. Meanwhile, Emma and Eoin were finalising their preparations for the Virgin London Marathon. A huge congratulations to them for completing the Marathon and raising so much money for RP Fighting Blindness, along with Emma’s brother, Ben. You can still donate to this worthy cause by clicking here!
Highnam Festival tickets now available!
We are excited to announce that tickets are now available for the Carducci Festival at Highnam 2017! We have a wonderful line-up of guest artists this year. Martin Roscoe will return to perform the magnificent Schumann Piano Quintet, Emma Johnson will be joining us in Beethoven’s Septet and actor Crawford Logan will take part in what promises to be a fascinating concert, where he will read Beethoven’s letters, interspersed with movements from his quartets. There will also be a number of free events throughout the weekend. For more information and booking, please click here. We look forward to seeing you there!