This year we are delighted to be celebrating our 10th anniversary as the Benyounes Quartet!
In 2007 we began playing together as students at the Royal Northern College of Music when the RNCM’s annual Chamber Festival (renowned for laying down a challenge!) saw us plunge in at the deep end with Tchaikovsky’s monumental String Quartet no.2! We launched into rehearsals with enthusiasm, good humour (and extra large packets of chocolate biscuits), rehearsing late into the night and becoming firm friends. The rest, as they say, is history…
Our first performance at the 2007 RNCM Chamber Festival of Tchaikovsky String Quartet no.2 is a memory that we hold fondly.
We are looking forward to revisiting Tchaikovsky’s wonderfully rich quartet in the forthcoming season, 10 years on…!
We’re delighted to announce that we have taken over the artistic directorship of Alfriston Summer Music. This festival has been running for 10 years in the incredibly picturesque village of Alfriston in East Sussex. The dates this year are 26th – 31st July, for more details of the line up please visit the website www.alfristonsummermusic.co.uk
We’re looking forward to our Bangor Residency 2016 in April, our first performance in the exciting new venue ‘Pontio’ will be a themed concert based around how folk music has inspired classical composers. On the 28th the concert will feature the final works of three of the greatest chamber music composers – Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert.
Last week we had our last performance of the year for Hampstead Garden Suburb Society where we were delighted to play Hugh Wood String Quartet no.3 in the presence of the composer! Thank you to all who have supported us this year, we’re looking forward to an exciting 2016 which includes becoming Artistic Directors of Alfriston Summer Music and performing two world premieres by Simon Bainbridge and Paul Ruders.
We’re looking forward to a bumper year at Alfriston Summer Music as it celebrates it’s 10th anniversary. We will be performing Elgar Piano Quintet with Jeremy Young and Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Julian Bliss. See www.alfristonsummermusic.co.uk for more details.