Saturday 14th March 2015 at 7.30 pm
The Coull String Quartet
Roger Coull violin
Philip Gallaway violin
Jonathan Barritt viola
Nicholas Roberts cello
The Coull Quartet was founded 40 years ago in 1974. Two of the original members remain, and the quartet have been regular visitors to Stansted, last appearing here in 2010. Their programme (subject to alteration) will include:
HAYDN: Quartet in F Opus 74 No.2
SIBELIUS: Quartet in D minor, 'Voces Intimae'
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in C Opus 59 No.3, 'Rasumovsky'
Formed in 1974 by students at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of renowned quartet leader, Sidney Griller, the Coull Quartet rapidly achieved national recognition, and were appointed Quartet-in-Residence by the University of Warwick in 1977, a post which they still hold today. The Quartet has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, and has made tours of Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, China, India and the Far East.
Since the mid-1980s the Coull Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire closest to their hearts, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert quartets to 20th century and contemporary British chamber music. Their CD of quartets by Maw and Britten on the Somm label has received universal acclaim; in addition to being featured in ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Gramophone, it was also described as the ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music Magazine. Their recordings of music by Sibelius and Ian Venables have also received excellent reviews in the major musical publications.
Their impressive and unusual list of commissions includes works by Sally Beamish, Edward Cowie, Joe Cutler, David Matthews, Nicholas Maw, and Robert Simpson. These include string quartets, quintets with piano or wind player, works with solo voice or choir, and even a piece for quartet and table tennis players!
Visit the quartet's own website at www.coullquartet.com