Churchill Music!UK Registered Charity No 1121866
Patron: Peter Donohoe CBE

Oliver Heath, Carys Jones, violins; Gary Pomeroy, viola; Christopher Murray, 'cello

Review: Saturday 15th May 2010 at 7.30pm
The Heath Quartet are no rising stars, they have risen! Having won all the major ensemble prizes whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, they also won first prize and the Audience prize at the Tromp International Quartet Competition. Pretty impressive, I am sure you would agree. They have performed concerts throughout the Netherlands and UK including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Wigmore Hall (broadcast on BBC Radio 3) and now for Churchill Music! in St John the Baptist Church, Churchill.
Oliver Heath (violin), Cerys Jones (violin) Gary Pomeroy (viola) and Christopher Murray (‘cello) wowed the Churchill Music! audience with a hugely energetic programme of Haydn, Martinu and Beethoven. The quartet have won prizes for their interpretation of Haydn and this really showed in their performance of his string quartet Op.64 No.2 which opened the programme. This was, for me, the highlight of the evening and set the standard for what was to come. No Martinu conisseur, I imagined his String Quartet No.5 would have the erudition and finesse I had learned to expect from this composer, but this was no ordinary work from Martinu's pen. Its virtuosic fiery and tangled lines relented only for a few seconds at a time to let wisps of exquisitely played melody through, but the quartet remained at the top of their game throughout, helping the audience find the architecture of the piece beneath its somewhat extrovert exterior.
Closing the concert with Beethoven’s String Quartet in E flat, Op.127, the first of his late quartets and huge in its emotional scope, was a challenge for the quartet (particularly after the outburst of the Martinu) but a delight for the audience. Beethoven’s personal difficulties are so eloquently and deeply felt in this work that seems to simultaneously exhaust and replenish the soul. No quartet of players can do this emotional titan of a piece justice in a technically perfect performance so the few rough edges in this interpretation by the Heath Quartet added something to the overall experience rather than detracting from it. It was yet another triumph for Churchill Music! in the beautiful church of St John the Baptist, Churchill. Where else in the country, let alone the county, can one hear musicians of such high quality so near to home, and at such affordable prices? We are truly lucky to have this excellent charity in the locality.
Alice Harper

This inspiring young quartet won all the major ensemble prizes whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. They also won first prize and the Audience prize at the Tromp International Quartet Competition. They have performed concerts throughout the Netherlands and UK including the Concertgebouw and Wigmore Hall (broadcast on BBC Radio 3)

At the 2009 International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition held in the Mozart Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Heath Quartet won the special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Haydn and another special prize for the best interpretation of a commissioned composition by Skweres.

Lest you need more convincing, here is what the Strad magazine said of this YCAT quartet: "The Heath Quartet displayed a rare musicality .... a keen interpretive insight combined with refined playing, this is one of the most interesting young quartets I have heard in recent years". Put it in your diary NOW!

Event details
7.30pm - 9.45pm (approx.)
Saturday 15 May
St. John the Baptist Church, Church Lane, Churchill Somerset
There will be one interval.

Tickets
£10.50. £8.50 Under 18's £4.00 * CAVATINA Ticket scheme £2.00
Tickets available from: Ursula Dornton 01934 852919

More information
See http://www.heathquartet.com

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