THE PRIMROSE PIANO QUARTET
Susanne Stanzeleit violin Dorothea Vogel viola Andrew Fuller cello John Thwaites piano
SATURDAY, 12th MAY St Mark’s Church, North Heath Lane 7.30pm
The Primrose Piano Quartet was formed in 2004 by pianist John Thwaites and three of the UK’s most renowned chamber musicians. It is named after the great Scottish violist, William Primrose.
Alongside their performances of the major repertoire, the Primrose Quartet have researched widely the forgotten legacy of 20th century English composers, and have revived a number of remarkable and unjustly neglected piano quartets. In 2009 an exciting commission, born out of their strong Scottish connections and timed to celebrate Robert Burns’s 250th anniversary, was the “Burns Air Variations”. The Primrose invited a number of their composer friends to write a short variation each on Burns’ “By Yon Castle Wa”, and the resulting 30-minute work received premières in Tunbridge Wells, at the Sound Festival, and at Kings Place, London. Their award-winning recordings include favourites such as Brahms’s G minor and British repertoire featuring major commissions from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Anthony Payne. The Quartet enjoys a busy performing schedule throughout the UK and abroad with recent tours taking them to Denmark, Germany and Bulgaria in addition to regular appearances at London’s Kings Place, Wigmore and Conway Halls. Their own festival in the Hampshire village of West Meon is now in its sixth year, and they were appointed ensemble-in-residence at the Battle Festival in 2016.
Their programme includes piano quartets by Beethoven Op.16, Faure in G minor and Brahms in G minor.
Tickets: £23 under 18s £5
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