Workshop with Junior Academy composers
Apr
29
3:00 pm15:00

Workshop with Junior Academy composers

  • Royal Academy of Music

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.

Leamington Music with Jack McNeill
May
2
12:00 pm12:00

Leamington Music with Jack McNeill

  • Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade Leamington Spa, CV32 4AA

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

Full information here.

The Shed at Kansas Smitty's
May
4
9:00 pm21:00

The Shed at Kansas Smitty's

  • Kansas Smitty's

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. 

Residency in Malvern
May
10
May 13

Residency in Malvern

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. 

Conway Hall
May
14
6:30 pm18:30

Conway Hall

  • Conway Hall

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. 

More Info

https://conwayhall.org.uk/event/gildas-quartet-2/

St Magnus International Festival
Jun
19
1:00 pm13:00

St Magnus International Festival

  • St Magnus Cathedral Kirkwall Orkney

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"

For full details and tickets, follow the link!

St Magnus Octets with the Edinburgh Quartet
Jun
21
7:30 pm19:30

St Magnus Octets with the Edinburgh Quartet

  • St Magnus Cathedral Kirkwall Orkney

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”
Shostakovich   Octet
Janáček  Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
Svendsen   Octet in A, Op. 3

For full details and tickets, click here!

Dartington International Summer School
Aug
19
Aug 26

Dartington International Summer School

  • Dartington Hall

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. 


Haydn - Seven Last Words at St Martin in the Fields
Apr
10
1:00 pm13:00

Haydn - Seven Last Words at St Martin in the Fields

  • St Martin in the Fields

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.

Sowerby Music Society Recital with Alexander Baillie
Apr
8
12:00 am00:00

Sowerby Music Society Recital with Alexander Baillie

  • St. Oswald's Church Sowerby, North Yorkshire

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 

Scotland Octet Tour - Kirckaldy
Apr
5
7:30 pm19:30

Scotland Octet Tour - Kirckaldy

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.

Scotland Octet Tour - Peebles
Apr
4
7:30 pm19:30

Scotland Octet Tour - Peebles

  • Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre

The second concert in our Scotland tour with the Aurea Quartet, playing Strauss, Korngold and Mendelssohn.

http://www.eastgatearts.com/calendar/mip-aurea-and-gildas-quartets

Scotland Octet Tour – Perth
Apr
3
7:30 pm19:30

Scotland Octet Tour – Perth

  • St John's Kirk

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
Korngold Sextet
Mendelssohn Octet

http://www.perthchambermusic.org.uk/

Bollington Arts Centre
Mar
18
7:30 pm19:30

Bollington Arts Centre

  • Bollington Arts Centre

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

Franck Quintet at Birmingham Conservatoire
Feb
22
3:00 pm15:00

Franck Quintet at Birmingham Conservatoire

  • Birmingham Conservatoire

As part of Birmingham Conservatoire's 'Parisienne' Festival we will be performing Franck's Piano Quintet.

http://issuu.com/birminghamconservatoire/docs/spring_17_final/25?e=2/41570415

Gildas with the London Musical Arts Orchestra
Feb
18
7:30 pm19:30

Gildas with the London Musical Arts Orchestra

  • St Martin in the Fields

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.

http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/event/vivaldi-four-seasons-by-candlelight-17/

Clitheroe Concerts Society
Dec
7
7:30 pm19:30

Clitheroe Concerts Society

  • Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

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

Manchester Mid-day Concert
Nov
17
1:10 pm13:10

Manchester Mid-day Concert

  • Bridgewater Hall

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

 

Sheffield Songmakers: Reimann & Raphaela
Nov
13
4:30 pm16:30

Sheffield Songmakers: Reimann & Raphaela

  • Firth Hall, University of Sheffield

We're joined once again by outstanding soprano Raphaela Papadakis for the adventurous and highly imaginative Reimann settings of classic songs by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms. 

Full details and tickets here.

New English Ballet Theatre - 'Quint-essential' - Five New Ballets
Nov
9
Nov 12

New English Ballet Theatre - 'Quint-essential' - Five New Ballets

  • Sadler's Wells - Peacock Theatre

 

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.

http://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2016/new-english-ballet-theatre-quint-essential-five-new-ballets/

Two Moors Quintet Day II
Oct
24
1:30 pm13:30

Two Moors Quintet Day II

  • Ashburton Church, Devon

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.

 

Two Moors Quintet Day I
Oct
24
10:00 am10:00

Two Moors Quintet Day I

  • Ashburton Church, Devon

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.

Webern, Ligeti and Whalley at St Vincent's Chapel
Oct
22
7:30 pm19:30

Webern, Ligeti and Whalley at St Vincent's Chapel

  • St Vincent's Chapel

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'.

George, Death, and the Maiden
Oct
21
1:10 pm13:10

George, Death, and the Maiden

  • Playfair Library

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'

Carlisle Music Society Recital
Oct
6
7:30 pm19:30

Carlisle Music Society Recital

  • St Cuthbert's Church, Blackfriars Street Carlisle

Clarinet Quintets with the fabulous Jack McNeill

Mozart Clarinet Quintet
David Bruce "Gumboots" Clarinet Quintet (2008)
Brahms Clarinet Quintet

Sholto & Schumann at the Wallace Collection
Jul
29
1:00 pm13:00

Sholto & Schumann at the Wallace Collection

  • The Wallace Collection

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. 

Free entry!

Haydn Op. 20, No. 6
Schumann Piano Quintet with Sholto Kynoch

http://www.wallacecollection.org/collections/event/7821

South Africa Tour! July 9 – 17
Jul
9
12:00 am00:00

South Africa Tour! July 9 – 17

  • Cape Town South Africa

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.