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!
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!