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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

Formed in  2017 Brother Tree Sound are setting new criterion for the string quartet in the 21st century.  Made up of violinists  Anna de Bruin and Thea Spiers, together with Peter Mallinson and Julia Graham playing viola and cello, the group is dedicated to encouraging new ways of listening through collectively interpreting the landscape and language of classical music in the present. The quartet engage in projects that enable them to seek out repertoire that resonates with this ethos 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 which have been funded by ACE and the Herbert Howells trust. The quartet play in concert halls, theatres, recording studios, festivals and concert clubs as well as in non-traditional independent venues. 

The groups second EP Interstices released in 2020 sees 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, reaching many listeners through 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. 


Future projects include a recording of French music for Resonus, a show introducing classical music to children for Watford Palace Theatre in April 2022 and collaborations with composers Chris Montague and Ben Nobuto.