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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 groups recording of Fiona Brice’s Quartet no 1 has been played on radio 3’s Late Junction, Night Tracks and on BBC Sounds and their EP Interstices has been streamed hundreds of thousands of times across Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. The London based group play in concert halls, recording studios, clubs and non-traditional independent venues. They are equally at home with a variety of genres from folk jams at the local pub to the soundworlds of extended contemporary techniques. 

They have played on theatre stages, at poetry events with free improvisation, on film tracks, at music festivals in London and throughout the UK and for first performances of many new works since forming four years ago. 

Brother Tree Sound’s open approach to repertoire sees them moving seamlessly from minimalism to neo-classical and experimentalism to laptop jams with space for some Debussy 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 collaborative music and dance project with Symone.