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 '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 ' PlanetHugill

Brother Tree Sound is a string quartet formed around the talents of Anna de Bruin, Thea Spiers, Peter Mallinson and Julia Graham. Together they are dedicated to encouraging new ways of listening through collectively interpreting the landscape and language of classical music in 21st century. The quartet engage in projects that enable them to explore the relevance of the string quartet in todays world, seeking out repertoire that resonates as well as writing their own music and commissioning new works. Over the past few seasons they have recorded, made videos and commissioned new music for a variety of projects.The London based group play in concert halls, recording studios, clubs and non-traditional independent venues. 

Last year after being selected for Watford Palace Theatres Freelance Season the group commissioned a new quartet piece from emerging composer Ben Nobuto which they then premiered at the Summer Music in City Churches Festival June 2021. They curated a late summer music festival at Little Missenden church coming out of lockdown and recorded a series of videos aimed at introducing music to new audiences which includes a performance alongside multidisciplinary movement artist and hoop dancer Symone. This series, called Take 5, was generously funded by then ACE recovery fund and the Herbert Howells Trust.

The groups second EP Interstices released in 2020 sees them continue to innovate by bringing together four quite different styles of music that seem to explore the same intangible idea and has reached many listeners being streamed hundreds of thousands of times across the various listening platforms. Their first recording features Fiona Brice’s Quartet no 1 which they premiered in London, has been played on radio 3’s Late Junction, Night Tracks and BBC Sounds. 

Brother Tree Sound’s open approach to repertoire sees them moving seamlessly from the core repertoire to experimentalism, from minimalism to laptop jams  with space for some folk music along the way. Their second EP Interstices released by Bigo & Twigetti in July 2020 sees them continue to innovate by bringing together four quite different styles of music that seem to explore the same intangible idea. 

Future projects include a recording of French music for Resonus, a show introducing classical music to children for Watford Palace Theatre in April 2022, a collaborative project with Ben Nobuto and a theatre and dance project with Symone.