'This feeling of the texture of the sound seems to be of primary importance to the players... These are performances where I was conscious of the magical physicality of the sound'
Formed in 2017 Brother Tree Sound are setting new criterion for the string quartet in the 21st century. Their dexterity and versatility as an ensemble and open approach to repertoire sees them connect with and inspire audiences by moving seamlessly from Haydn to Debussy to experimental contemporary music with space for some folk music along the way. Dedicated to the performance of new music, the group regularly commissions new works from established and emerging composers.
Members of Brother Tree Sound have played in chamber ensembles in many of Londons best loved venues including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Conway Hall. It is their love of the powerful intimacy of the string quartet that has brought them together and sees them continue their journey.
Over the past few seasons the quartet has recorded, made videos and commissioned new music for a variety of projects. Emerging composer Ben Nobuto wrote 'Skip' for a project which focused on exploring a broad spectrum of emotions which they recorded for Watford Palace Theatre's Freelance Season project and premiered live in London in 2021. The group has recently commissioned Peter Fribbins to write a new work for string quartet and horn which will be premiered next season. Summer 2022 saw the quartet present a new programme of English music as well as commissioning, writing and arranging music for their new album 'Songs Without Words' which was released in November 2022. Performances during Autumn included a concert for the Brunel University Concert Series and Chapel Royal, Brighton both featuring Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden' quartet which is often described as being one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire. Recently they co organised and played for a night of immersive and meditative new music championing no less than 10 composers for Bigo & Twigetti's label night.
The groups first recording, Fiona Brice’s Quartet no.1 (2018) which they premiered in London, has been played on radio 3’s Late Junction, Night Tracks and BBC Sounds. Their second EP Interstices (2020) has now been streamed over 10 million times across the various listening platforms and saw them continue to innovate by bringing together four quite different styles of music that explore the same intangible idea of finding the spaces between notes, phrases, musical landscape and performers.
Future projects include a recording of French music for Resonus, a recording of Pete Waltons ' Short Stories' for string quartet, concerts with a variety of programmes for Amersham Concert Club, Chapel Royal - Brighton, Aylesbury Concert Club as well as being invited back to Summer Music in City Churches 2023.