Haydn String Quartet in D op 64 no 5 (The “Lark”)
Dvořák String Quartet in F op 96 (“American”)
Kate Oswin & Alicia Berendse, violins
Lydia Abell, viola
Ghislaine McMullin, cello
Kindly supported by the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust
Recently returned from a 10-date tour of New Zealand, we are delighted to welcome the Behn Quartet to Uppermill for the first time to play this early evening, 60 minute recital. Come along and marvel at the fascinating interplay between these four gifted performers then join us for refreshments and plenty of Festival chat afterwards from 8pm. (A glass of wine or juice is included in the ticket price tonight!)
The Behn Quartet is formed of players from New Zealand, the Netherlands, England, and Wales. Winners of the Charles Hennen First Prize at the Orlando International Chamber Music Competition 2017, they currently hold the CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music in London. They take their name from Aphra Behn, the seventeenth-century playwright, political activist, and philanthropist of the arts.
Since their formation in 2015 the Behn Quartet have given recitals around Europe, including at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, in association with Dimore del Quartetto, and at Wigmore Hall with thanks to the Maisie Lewis Young Artists’ Award. They gave the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ final work at his Memorial Concert in St John’s Smith Square and live on BBC Radio 3, and have recorded chamber works by Maxwell Davies, Stravinsky and Birtwistle for Linn Records. The Behn Quartet were also part of the official 40th Anniversary celebrations of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, performing a specially-commissioned ‘reimagination’ of the iconic song featured in news outlets worldwide, and praised by Rolling Stone Magazine as ‘a sweeping performance as grand as the original’.
The Behn Quartet currently study with Christoph Richter and David Waterman on the Chamber Studio masterclass scheme at Kings Place London, and have performed for the Takács Quartet in a masterclass on Beethoven at Wigmore Hall. Future engagements include their Concertgebouw debut as part of the Orlando Competition Winner’s Tour in the Netherlands, a tour as Encompass Artists with Chamber Music New Zealand, and a performance of Mendelssohn Octet as part of their Residency at the Wiltshire Music Centre with the Doric Quartet.
The Behn Quartet are generously supported by Help Musicians UK, the De Lancey & De La Hanty Foundation, and the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. The Quartet plays instruments and bows kindly on loan by the Royal Academy of Music and Hurwitz Fine Instruments.