If you are a fan of classical string quartets, then look no further for your entertainment this week than The Corn Exchange in Newbury, which plays host to The Jubilee Quartet this Wednesday lunchtime, May 14, 2014. The performance includes pieces from Haydn, Webern and Schumann.
The Jubilee Quartet is named after the Jubilee Line on the London Underground, which all four members lived on when the quartet was formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2006. They have since enjoyed success in many competitions, being the first prize winners of the ‘Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition’ 2010, the ‘St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition’ 2013, and third prize winners of the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition 2013.
They held a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Academy from 2012-13, and are the current Richard Carne Junior Fellows at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
The quartet are award winners of the Tillett Trust ‘Young Artists’ Platform’, the Park Lane Group ‘Young Artists’, the Hattori Foundation, the Worshipful Company of Musicians ‘Concordia Foundation Artists Fund’, and recipients of the Philharmonia MMSF ‘Charles Henderson Ensemble Award’. Their studies have been overseen by professors such as Hatto Beyerle, Thomas Brandis, Garfield Jackson, Martin Outram, and Jon Thorne, and they have participated in masterclasses by the Skampa, Wihan and Chilingirian Quartets, Pierre Colombet, Miguel da Silva, and Sylvia Rosenberg. They study with Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia. The quartet have performed widely throughout the UK and their continental tours have included a performance in the presence of the former Czech president Vaclav Havel. They also enjoy a variety of outreach work as part of the ‘Live Music Now!’ scheme, and have participated in the Lake District Summer Music and St Magnus Festivals.
In May 2013 the quartet gave their debut recital at the Purcell Room, having performed there last year with Jack Liebeck and Katya Apekisheva (Chausson’s ‘Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet). Forthcoming engagements include concerts around the UK and Italy, and recitals in the Purcell room which took place in in January 2014, and the Wigmore Hall in November 2013 and a further engagement coming up this July.
Their performance takes place between 12:30pm and 1:30pm and tickets are priced at £8.00, which can be purchased from the Newbury Spring Festival website which is located at www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk.