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

Posted on Thursday 9 October

Independent record producer, composer and music crit, John Rusby-Smith, writes in Cheddar Valley Gazette 09 October 2008

Churchill Music!” is a charity dedicated to “providing an oasis of musical excellence in the beautiful Somerset village of Churchill”. On Saturday its new season opened with a stunning concert given by the Carducci Quartet. This elegant young Anglo-Irish string quartet was founded in Gloucestershire and is already well-established on the international stage, having won several prestigious prizes on both sides of the Atlantic. Their appearance at Churchill showed why. Having already enchanted local schoolchildren with demonstration workshops, they opened a programme of contrasts with a finely-honed performance of Haydn’s witty Quartet No.27 in D. Rarely have I heard intricate passagework played with such finesse. Then came Ravel’s ravishing Quartet in F (his only one), in which the Carduccis gave a sparkling display of pointillist precision and impressionist colour. After the interval another change of idiom brought us Dvorak’s “American” Quartet No.12 in F, written while the composer was Director of the National Conservatoire in New York. Like his New World Symphony, the work is less about America than about Dvorak’s nostalgic longing for his Czech homeland, a sentiment he amplified by incorporating a bird-call he heard while visiting the Czech settlement of Spillville, Iowa. Again the Carduccis played with total unanimity, a poignant sense of mood, note-perfect accuracy and a wealth of subtle shading. This was music-making of the highest calibre. Churchill Music’s next concert is on December 6th. If it is even half as good as this one it will be too good to miss. Be there!

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