In these difficult times we decided to start a new project to help support young musicians in the early stages of their careers. With freelance work being decimated by the pandemic, we have set up a new string orchestra – the Serenata String Orchestra – initially recording together remotely and hopefully performing live together in the future! Supported by the ConcordiaFoundation and the Carducci Trust, we have been able to provide young musicians with valuable recording experience, recording fees and royalties from streaming and downloads.
Please do have a listen online!
We hope you’re all keeping well. We have continued this month with some online performances and wanted to keep you updated!
Firstly, our concert from the Barbican with Sarah Connolly and Ian Bostridge will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on the 18th Nov at 7.30pm. On the 24th Nov we have a BBC Radio3 lunchtime concert from St Davids Hall in Cardiff – a postponed performance from the Cheltenham Festival. The programme includes the world premiere of Daniel Fardon’s String Quartet ‘Elements of Disco’.
On Wednesday 25th Nov we have a live streamed performance from Stroud Subscription Rooms, for the community ‘Stroud Aloud’ project.
Here is our recent video from our performance for Music in Adderbury and if you can support this organisation with a donation that would be fantastic! https://www.musicinadderbury.com
And here is our video from the Oxford Coffee Concert series on Oct 11th!
We also filmed two concerts for Presteigne Digital (a series of specially-filmed mini-concerts to be streamed via the Presteigne Festival website), including Beethoven Op.95, a mesmeric work by Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Janacek’s Intimate Letters and the world premier of Tenebris Litterarum (Dark Letters) a quartet by Emma-Ruth Richards written to be performed alongside the Janacek.
We really missed performing for and meeting audiences during lockdown. It was especially hard to have to cancel our Festival at Highnam and to not have the chance to perform with our wonderful musician friends. However we did meet up with Julian Bliss remotely to record the finale from Weber’s clarinet quintet. Here is a link to us performing together from our homes:
Beethoven of course!!
In Beethoven’s 250th anniversary we will of course be performing many of his quartets and delving deeper into his music. Beethoven has always felt like the pinnacle of the repertoire for us, so this will be an exciting year! We begin with an immersive experience – ‘The Beethoven Weekender’ at London’s Barbican, where we will perform movements from his quartets alongside actor Simon Callow, who will read from Beethoven’s letters. Following this in February we will perform Beethoven quartets at two of our favourite venues – the Holywell Room in Oxford and Syde Tithe Barn in Gloucestershire. Other immersive experiences include a weekend of Beethoven quartets at the Bath Festival (27-29th March) and later in the year for Concerts at Cratfield (12-13th September).
The first few months of 2019 have been busy with some exciting new projects! We collaborated with wonderful clarinettist Emma Johnson in giving the word premiere of Stephen Johnson’s quintet ‘Angel’s Arc’ in Cadogan Hall, London, followed by further performances in Guildford and Warwick. We also performed on a new recording of music by Ian Venables for Signum Records, alongside singers Allan Clayton and Mary Bevan and pianist Graham J Lloyd. Concerts abroad included Saarbrucken in Germany, the Musika:Musica Festival in Bilbao, where we were delighted to join Britten Sinfonia in Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro. We also had an Irish tour with the superb Julian Bliss (clarinet), performing David Bruce’s ‘Gumboots’ to enthusiastic audiences in Cork, Sligo, Wexford and Kilkenny. We travelled to Rome for a very memorable concert in the exquisite Quirinale Palace (pictured) followed by a trip to Naples (we even got to visit Pompeii)!
Our first ‘Carducci in the Cotswolds’ in Cheltenham was a sell-out success and we are planning another event in Moreton in Marsh this December. This is already close to sold out so get in touch soon if you would like to make a booking!
A great end to 2018!
We’ve had a fantastic last few months of 2018 with lots of exciting repertoire and travels around the UK and abroad! We concluded our Bartok cycles both at Syde Manor and Kings Place. Performing all of his quartets was an exhilarating challenge which we won’t soon forget! We travelled to the Spanish town of Cuenca, an incredibly picturesque and historic setting. We also had a tour in Ireland with performances in Thurles, Cork and the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
In November we celebrated our 21st birthday with a gala concert in Cheltenham, collaborating with Craig Ogden (guitar), Emma Johnson (clarinet) and lots of wonderful Gloucestershire young musicians! Shortly after, we travelled to Pisa for a performance in the stunning Teatro Verdi. We rounded off the year with a performance of Schubert’s wonderful quintet in Nottingham with exciting young cellist, Benedict Kloeckner. We’ve loved 2018 and here’s to a great 2019!
We’re pleased to announce 2 exciting Events in Cheltenham coming up over the next few months: 21st Birthday Celebration!
Firstly we will celebrate our 21st birthday with a celebration concert on Friday 9th Nov at 7.30pm at Pitville Pump Room.
The programme includes Mozart Clarinet quintet (with Emma Johnson), Boccerhini ‘Fandango’ Quintet with Craig Ogden (guitar). Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Adiemus and Palladio and a brand new string quartet by Karl Jenkins. Joining us will be young musicians from the Gloucester Academy of Music and the Cheltenham Girls Choir. For tickets click here: http://www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/event/carducci-quartet-21st-birthday-concert-233556/
Carduccis in the Cotswolds
Next February we are excited about a new venture! We hope you will join us for a 2 night stay (4th-6th Feb) at the 4 star Queens Hotel in Cheltenham. Included are breakfasts, 2 dinners, a drinks reception, and 3 concert performances by the Quartet. The hotel is ideally situated for exploring the lovely surrounding boutiques and wine bars of the Montpellier district and is just a short walk along the tree lined promenade to the town centre.
Music will include some of the greatest string quartet repertoire, works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Haydn,
Shostakovich, Dvorak and Borodin.
For more info click here! www.carducciquartet.com/carduccis-in-the-cotswolds/
Back to School!
We’ve had a fantastic summer, performing amazing music in beautiful places with wonderful musicians! Some of the highlights include performing at St George’s Bristol with Julian Bliss (recorded for BBC Radio 3), the World premiere of Gavin Higgin’s extraordinary ‘Gursky Landscapes’ with cellist David Cohen, a residency at Lichfield Festival, Haydn and Bartok at Wigmore Hall, a return to Ryedale and North Norfolk Festivals and new collaborations with pianist Nicolas Stavy at Comminges Festival and cellist Benedict Kloeckner at Koblenz International Music Festival. We also managed to fit in a recording, including our latest EP of music by Thomas Hewitt Jones. A wonderfully varied summer and now we are back to school and looking forward to the season ahead, particularly our 3 concert series at Kings Place, where we will be performing the complete cycle of Bartok string quartets alongside works by Kurtag. You can find more details here: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/contemporary/macro-micro-i/
The Theory of Time Video!
Here’s another video for our new recording of ‘The Theory of Time’ by Thomas Hewitt Jones!
Summer Clouds Video!
Here’s a little video for our new recording of ‘Summer Clouds’ by Thomas Hewitt Jones!
Festivals and more!
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!