We're returning to Junior Academy as part of our year-long residency, this time to workshop the pieces that have been composed for us during the year before the public performance in May.
We're joining forces with Jack McNeill for Clarinet Quintets aplenty! This time, we feature the Skempton and Howells quintets, while returning to two of our favourite works for quartet, the brilliant A Major Haydn op. 20 no. 6, and Schubert's inimitable Quartet Quartettsatz.
Haydn - Op.20 no.6
Skempton - Clarinet Quintet
Schubert - String Quartet D703
Howells - Rhapsodic Quintet
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We are thrilled to be recording two works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad for a new disc of her chamber music to be released by Champs Hill records.
Join us for a cocktail or a beer as we return to Kansas Smitty's on Broadway Market to play a selection of music including Cheryl Frances-Hoad's 'My Day From Hell', Schubert's Quartettsatz and movements from Bridge Quartet no. 4.
We are very excited to be returning for a second year to the beautiful Malvern Hills where we will rehearse new repertoire and give a private house concert.
Workshops and performances of new works by student composers.
We return to one of our favourite venues for a traditional early evening concert followed by a special post-concert event featuring Janacek's first quartet.
The main performance features Haydn Op.77 no.1 quartet in G major and Frank Bridge Quartet no. 4. Afterwards join us for a glass of wine as we discard the music stands and play Janacek Quartet no. 1 'Kreutzer Sonata' from memory and from the centre of the audience as part of a 'Music in Motion' event.
We're pleased to bits to be heading to the St Magnus Festival in Orkney this June to give the world première of Philip Cashian's latest quartet. This concert also marks the first concert of our First Nights, Last Rites concert series, where we commission new works from some of our favourite composers to be paired with a late masterwork of the composer's choosing. In this case, Philip was very enthusiastic to write a piece to be paired with Schubert's "Death and the Maiden", his favourite quartet. This is a concert not to be missed!
Philip Cashian String Quartet No. 2 *World Première*
Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D.810 "Death and the Maiden"
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Join us in the round as we come together with the wonderful Edinburgh Quartet for two rarely heard octets. The programme pairs Shostakovich's young (and ever so slightly bonkers!) octet with Svendsen's critically acclaimed romantic masterwork. Youthful exuberance and full-blooded romance – sounds like an evening well spent!
Alasdair Nicolson Quartet No. 3 “Slanting Rain”
Janáček Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
Svendsen Octet in A, Op. 3
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We are joining Michael Finnissy to work with the composers of the Advanced Composition course at Dartington 2017. In the middle of the week we'll also be performing George Crumb's Black Angels in an atmospheric late night concert in the Great Hall.
One of our favourite concerts of the year, this will be our fourth visit to perform the annual lunchtime concert of Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross at St Martin in the Fields. It's a wonderful setting for such a powerful work.
Playing Schubert's Quintet with Alexander Baillie was one of our highlights of 2016 so we are very excited that he will be joining us again in Sowerby. We are pairing it with another great Austrian work, Korngold's second quartet, which is as charming and colourful as the Schubert is profound.
Korngold - Quartet no. 2 in E flat major
Schubert - Quintet in C major
The final night of the first installment of our Scottish Tour with the wonderful Aurea Quartet. Featuring Korngold, Strauss, and Mendelssohn's ever-popular octet.
The second concert in our Scotland tour with the Aurea Quartet, playing Strauss, Korngold and Mendelssohn.
We're delighted to join forces with the Aurea Quartet for a rousing evening of Strauss, Korngold, and Mendelssohn. It's such a rare treat to play these pieces – it would be a shame to miss it!
Strauss Sextet from Capriccio
In the ornate and intimate setting of Hampton Court's Chapel Royal, we will perform Haydn's masterpiece 'The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross'.
Quite simply, Korngold is underplayed. Which is something we don't understand, as his music – particularly his chamber music – is extraordinary. Explore his lush, majestic, and occasionally quirky soundscapes in this brilliant quartet. Mozart's E-flat quartet features some of his most achingly beautiful writing, charmingly presented through exquisite understatement. But first, join us for a jaunty, all too brief tour of the Italian countryside.
Wolf Italian Serenade
Mozart Quartet in Eb major, K428
Korngold Quartet No.2
As part of Birmingham Conservatoire's 'Parisienne' Festival we will be performing Franck's Piano Quintet.
Our final concert of the Winter season with London Musical Arts. We're performing Mozart's Divertimento in F major and joining the orchestra for a selection of Handel, Boccerini and Vivaldi.
We'll be working with composition students from Leeds College of Music in the morning and afternoon, with a concert at the end of the day.
Perhaps our most epic programme of the year. Join us to explore Schubert's testament to Death, Haydn's celebrated 'Lark', and Bartok's masterful first quartet – written at the young age of 27, and already a formidable answer to Beethoven's 131.
Haydn 'Lark' Quartet in Bb major, Op. 64, No. 3
Bartok Quartet No. 1
Schubert 'Death and the Maiden' Quartet in D minor, D810
From flights of fancy to tumultuous terrors, join us in the Bridgewater Hall for two of the quartet's favourites!
Wolf Italian Serenade in G major
Schubert 'Death and the Maiden' Quartet in d minor, No. 14, D810
We are delighted to be collaborating with New English Ballet Theatre for the second time, performing Camargo Guaneri's String Quartet no. 2 for a new piece of choreography by Daniela Cardim Fonteyne. There will be four other new ballets in the programme, including works set to Rachmaninov Trio Elegiaque and Brahms' Cello Sonata in E minor, also performed by members of the Gildas Quartet.
Our third and final concert in a whirlwind tour of Devon.
Open Rehearsal followed by full performance.
After a hearty lunch, come back to Ashburton for some afternoon Mozart. We're joined by the marvellous Matthew Hunt for Mozart's most quint-essential work.
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K 581
Open rehearsal, followed by full performance.
We're delighted to be joined by acclaimed cellist Matthew Barley for a morning Schubert Quintet. We hope to have an open rehearsal from 10-11am, followed by a complete performance of the work.
So rise and shine! It's gonna be a good day.
Schubert Cello Quintet in C, D956
Open rehearsal, followed by full performance.
We are performing a special concert to celebrate Harry Whalley, the first composer in Residence for St. Vincents Chapel, Stockbridge. Featuring a newly commissioned composition A Report to History, written specifically for the quartet and the chapel, alongside Webern's Op. 5 string quartet, Ligeti's Quartet no. 1 and Whalley's 'Seven Rocks'.
Edinburgh University Lunchtime Concert
Join us to explore one of Schubert's greatest works and to experience its haunting echoes in Crumb's eclectic classic.
Schubert 'Death and the Maiden' Quartet in D minor, D810, II. Andante con moto
George Crumb 'Black Angels'
Clarinet Quintets with the fabulous Jack McNeill
Mozart Clarinet Quintet
David Bruce "Gumboots" Clarinet Quintet (2008)
Brahms Clarinet Quintet
We are retreating to an old Benedictine monastery in Bavaria, founded in around 753, for a week of rehearsals.
Come spend your lunch with Haydn and Schumann at the beautiful Wallace Collection.
We're joined by the fabulous Sholto Kynoch for a performance of Schumann's inimitable Piano Quintet. This concert is part of a week-long residency of City Music Foundation artists at the Wallace Collection.
Haydn Op. 20, No. 6
Schumann Piano Quintet with Sholto Kynoch
We're off to Cape Town for nine days of concerts and education projects with the South Africa National Youth Orchestra. We're extremely grateful for the support of the British Arts Council, the Radcliffe Trust, and the Birmingham Conservatoire for making this trip possible.