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Malvern Concert Club: Albion Quartet
October 21st 7:30 pm
Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin
Emma Parker violin
Ann Beilby viola
Nathaniel Boyd cello
Mozart String Quartet No.18 in A, K.464
Judith Weir String Quartet
Brahms String Quartet in B flat, Op.67
The Albion Quartet were booked at short notice to play for us in November 2020, after the Calidore String Quartet were stranded in the USA by Covid – only for their concert too to be wiped out by lockdown rules. So it is a particular pleasure that we have been able to re-schedule them to appear for the Club this season.
Formed in 2016, the Albion Quartet unites four outstanding young string players, brought together by a shared belief in the visceral power of the string quartet. They have played at the Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival and abroad, including at The Louvre, Paris, and the Concertgebouw, as well as at many music festivals. Committed to new music, they collaborated with Kate Whitley on a powerful and evocative song cycle, and premiered a new work by Freya Waley-Cohen.
Passionate about musical education, the quartet holds a residency with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where they regularly give masterclasses and perform. As a Cavatina Chamber Music Trust ensemble, they also give frequent workshops at primary school level, where they are thrilled to share the magic of music with children from diverse backgrounds. They have formed “Friends of the Albion Quartet” aimed at developing mini-residencies with schools in the state sector and in the special needs category to help these children to connect more deeply to classical music and find inspiration through experiencing music in an interactive and accepting environment.
The Albion Quartet record for Signum Classics. Their 2020 disc of Dvorak string quartets won much praise, with Gramophone magazine stating: “This, surely is how Dvorak’s chamber music is supposed to sound: luminous, playful,…..and simultaneously generous and touchingly intimate.