PROJECTS and PERFORMANCES
Summer Music in City Churches Festival June 22nd 2021
Haydn's 'Lark' Quartet
Ben Nobuto 'Skip'
Dvorak's 'American' Quartet
Watford Palace Theatre's Freelance Season April 2021
Our project Take 5 with 2 premiers by Nobuto and De Bruin, music by Debussy, Fribbins and Howells also featuring hoop artist Symone. Project generously supported with funding from the ACE recovery fund, Herbert Howells Trust and Thwaites
Ben Nobuto's Bento Beats February 2021
Infectiously fun, these minute long addictive videos created by composer Ben Nobuto on Instagrame are bursting with a fresh approach to writing for string quartet
Interstices June 2020
Our EP released summer 2020, three beautifully crafted pieces all exploring the idea of finding the space between
Our second EP, is curated around the theme of finding the spaces between. For this project, we chose three short pieces by composers Peter Fribbins, Andrew McIntosh and Sam Cave that persuade you gently into their world. It's the kind of music that eases us into a place where we can just rest a while. The EP features stunning new artwork by embroidery and textile artist Holly Warnes. Composer Jim Perkins has created some miniature reworks of the music featured, representing the spaces between.
BBC Sounds featured our recording of Fiona Brice's string quartet alongside some epic music; check out our facebook page for details. We were also featured on At Home with LMP which is a fantastic collection of videos, blogs and playlists compiled by the London Mozart Players dedicated to bringing music, discussion and culture into peoples homes during recent lockdown. Again, our recording of Fiona Brice's Quartet no. 1 was featured, this time with a stunning new video by Aaron Parker.
10th Dec Poetry Cafe 7.30pm. OPEN CHAMBER - Call & Response. We had an evening of three parts intertwining performances of new music from Aaron Parker, Peter Mallinson and Anna de Bruin and poetry from Write Young Things. Thea Spiers came to join us later on for some free improvisation with Anna de Bruin to words read by our audience members. It was an evening of creative sharing and inspiration. We have another of these coming up soon, details on our social media pages.
September 2018 - Fiona Brice String Quartet no 1 album launch at the October Gallery in London, with Fiona Brice. The album features our recording of String Quartet no.1 released on the Bigo & Twigetti label.
December 2018 - Poetry Cafe London playing Aaron Parker's two beautiful Minatures 'Binnorie' and 'Mažulyte' for violin, electronics and film. These are based on folk melodies and field recordings. They are beautiful, contemplative pieces. We will be performing them alongside some free improvisation as responses to poetry brought by audience participants.
We recorded strings for the independent documentary film 'Fatherhood' from director Ben Gregor about young people who have filled an empty space in their lives by creating or performing music. In this innovative fusion of documentary and music video, kids from Memphis, LA, New York and London talk about their absent fathers and write and perform original songs about them. The score for this beautiful and moving film has been composed by Michael Blainey.
OPEN CHAMBER Call & Response projects
December 2017 at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
An evening featuring some amazing talent from several composers with music by Brother Tree, Fergus Davidson, Fiona Brice, Anna de Bruin, Matt Collins, Dan Hewson and Trish Clowes. Young women writers collective Write Young Things joined us after creating their responses to the music we performed. Artists Sarah Reddyhoff and Reeve Massey joined us for this project with their visual responses. Call & Response' is a project with Brother Tree, invited composers and artists and members of writers collective Write Young Things. It is cyclical in nature, as it starts with the new music written by our composers, triggering responses from our artists and writers, further developing when new musical responses to these words and art are then created.