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

Matthew Denton, Michelle Flemming, violins, Eoin Schmidt Martin, viola Emma Denton 'cello

Review: The Carducci Quartet opened the concert with Mozart’s Hunt Quartet played with a puposefullness and jolilty that was truly uplifting. Such is the versatility and musicianship of the Carducci that they moved effortlessly between playing as characterful individual voices and sounding as one unified instrument.

Next on the menu was something completely different – a short quartet by contemporary American composer Philip Glass. The subtly shifting soundscapes of Glass’s music were mesmerizingly played by the quartet to great applause.

Finishing the first half were two delightful ditties by Shostakovitch – again not a composer associated with music that’s easy on the ear but who surprised us here with his Elegy and Polka, both highly tuneful and beautiful with the latter finding the composer in a very rare playful and uplifting mood.

Following the interval the Carducci Quartet blew us away with a hugely vivacious and immediate performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in Bb Op 18. They managed to capture both the Mozartean playfulness of the piece as well as the melancholic undertones with huge spirit and panache.

The Carducci are no strangers to Churchill Music! and every time they return we see that their maturity of playing grows with their fame without ever loosing the unwearied vivaciousness that makes them such a joy both to watch and hear. It is a testament to Churchill Music! and its hard won reputation for excellence combined with friendliness that these stellar musicians choose to return here whilst their fame grows and grows.
Cheddar Valley Gazette

No strangers to Churchill Music! this phenomenal quartet's utter cohesion, wonderful uniformity of tone and articulation makes it one of today's most exciting young string quartets. Their performances in the world's leading concert halls including the Carnegie Hall in New York have won them acclaim from leading critics. As well as collecting major prizes, they broadcast worldwide. Their visit to Churchill Music! forms part of a residency in conjunction with St. George's Bristol and will include a special concert for Primary schools in our area and workshops in Churchill Community School.

We are extremely grateful to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust which 'takes chamber music to young people and young people to chamber music', for generously sponsoring the workshops and children's concert.

Event details
7.30pm - 9.45pm (approx.)
Saturday 12 February
St. John the Baptist Church, Church Lane, Churchill Somerset
There will be one interval.

£13.50. £9.50 Under 25's in full time education CAVATINA Ticket scheme £2.00
Tickets available from: Ursula Dornton 01934 852919 or 'pot luck' at the door

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