Honeymead Ensemble in the Music Room, Friday, 6th May

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FRIDAY, 6th MAY 2016

Haydn “The Lark” Opus 64 no 5
This melodic, witty, elegant and playful quartet is probably his most popular. It perfectly encapsulates his genius for the string quartet. It was premiered in England, where it was nicknamed the “Hornpipe” after the dancing final movement.

Beethoven “Serioso” Quartet no 11 opus 95
One of Beethoven’s most dramatic works, extreme in every way. Written as Napoleon was invading Vienna, which upset Beethoven greatly, it contains one of his most beautiful and moving slow movements.

Ravel Quartet in F major
Ravel’s only quartet, lush and romantic, was written when he was only 28, and is rich with delicious harmonies and endlessly weaving melodies. It very quickly became established as a mainstay of the quartet repertoire, and remains so to this day.

The Honeymead Ensemble string quartet will be led by Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin, who is joined by two returning members – Emma Parker, violin, and Nathaniel Boyd, cello – and first-timer Rosalind Ventris, viola.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen’s career with orchestras and in chamber music and recitals continues to flourish, with her September 2015 debut at Wigmore Hall where she has been selected as an ‘emerging artist’; she is also an ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) young artist for the 2016-17 season. She now has six CD’s of solo, duet, chamber music, and orchestral music, all of which have received extremely positive reviews.

Emma Parker is second violin in the Badke Quartet, widely recognised as one of Britain’s finest string quartets, which has received widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant performances at concert halls and festivals in the UK and abroad, and on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, and internationally. Emma is also principal second violin with Manchester Camerata, and plays with chamber orchestras such as the London Mozart Players, Northern Sinfonia and the Weinberger Kammerorchester.

Nathaniel Boyd is an internationally recognised chamber musician and soloist who has appeared at the world's leading concert halls. He is a laureate of numerous prizes for his work with the Navarra String Quartet. He has appeared as Principal Cellist with major UK Orchestras including the Orchestra of Opera North, Manchester Camerata, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra.

Rosalind Ventris is one of the most promising violists of her generation. She has given recitals and played concertos at leading halls in Britain and throughout Europe, as well as playing a number of world premieres. She is a member of Trio Anima, and has also collaborated with the Aaronowitz Ensemble, Benedetti-Grynuk-Elschenbroich Trio, and the Dante and Endellion Quartets. She was invited by Tabea Zimmermann to play in a Viola Day at the Wigmore Hall and then at her Festival at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn in January of this year with the Arcanto Quartett.

We look forward to welcoming you to this fine event in the glorious setting of the Woolhanger Music Room.
Full details and tickets from Sue May, email sjmay99@hotmail.com and Nick Webber, telephone 01643 841725.