Formed in 2017, Eva de Vries, Rachel Maxey, Felicity Smith, and Janell Yeo are The Bloomsbury Quartet. Winners of the 2018 Stroud Green Festival Ensemble Scheme, they are on their first UK tour with ReCentred, which aims to bring women composers into the centre of their own narrative. This performance experience explores the life and music of the prolific string quartet composer Dame Elizabeth Maconchy DBE, putting the composer in a wider context. The programme will encompass the breadth of Maconchy’s repertoire which spans over 50 years, including Quartet no.1 and Quartet no.11. Alongside these are works by her teacher Ralph Vaughan Williams and her daughter Nicola LeFanu.
The evening will commence at 7 pm with a ‘first half’ multimedia installation during which audience members are encouraged to freely move around the space and interact with players from the quartet. This helps to familiarise the audience with the programme and the players and uses a mixture of film, photography, programme notes and live extracts displayed around the Abbey performance space. Refreshments will be available throughout this segment ahead of the ‘second half’ concert performance.