Winter 2019 Newsletter / by Felicity Smith

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Published 29/01/2019

Welcome to our second newsletter - we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas & New Year!
2019 has kicked off with a bang - on 7 January, we were invited to share our experiences as a freshly-graduated ensemble for the benefit of postgraduate students in the Royal Academy of Music's Professional Development Day. Keep scrolling down to see what else we've been up to and what's coming up!

Upcoming Performances

Lunchtime Recital: St Botolph-without-Aldgate

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
1:05 PM - 1:30 PM
Church of St Botolph-without-Aldgate, Aldgate High Street, London, EC3N 1AB

We played our first concert as a quartet at St Botolph's Church a year ago, and are very excited to be back! Join us again to celebrate this milestone with a short but adventurous musical lunch break!

On our musical menu:

J. Haydn - Quartet in C Major, Op.20 No.2
- Moderato
- Capriccio. Adagio - Cantabile
- Minuet. Allegretto - Trio
- Fuga a 4 soggetti. Allegro

E. Schulhoff - 5 pieces for String Quartet (selected movements)

FREE ENTRY Retiring collection upon exit , proceeds split between St Botolph’s and Bloomsbury Quartet

Afternoon Matinee Recital: Lake District Summer Music

Thursday, January 31, 2019
2:30PM - 4:00PM
Ambleside Parish Centre, Vicarage Rd, Ambleside LA22 9DH

We are very excited about this concert in the village of Ambleside, situated in the beautiful Lake District. We will be playing a diverse and exciting programme, jumping from Haydn to Vaughan Williams, dancing from Schulhoff to Beethoven.

J. Haydn- String Quartet op. 20 no. 2 in C Major
R. Vaughan Williams - String Quartet no. 2 in A minor ‘For Jean on her Birthday’

~ Interval ~

E. Schulhoff - 5 pieces for String Quartet
L. v Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 95 in F minor ‘Serioso’

Tickets: £12 (£5 for 18 and under) Buy on the door, or to reserve please telephone 01524 736159 or email:

Friday, February 01 2019 Morning
Kendal Kirkbie School

A partnership was forged with Cumbria Music Hub several years ago in order to take live music into local schools (performance and workshop participation). It has been much welcomed by schools and 'FridayLive' offers an extra dimension of career experience to young performers following their formal concert for the Patrons of Lake District Summer Music. We are delighted to undertake a 'FridayLive' programme for Kendal schools during our visit to Cumbria, conducting 2 workshops and a Q&A session.

Chamber Tots: Rivers & Jungles
Friday, March 01 2019
12:30PM and 2:00PM
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

Music-making workshops for children aged 1-2 / 3-5 and their parents/carers.

Chamber Tots: In The Garden
Wednesday, April 17 2019
10:15AM and 11:45AM
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

Music-making workshops for children aged 1-2 / 3-5 and their parents/carers.
General Booking opens on 5 February

Lunchtime Recital: Romsey Chamber Music Festival

Friday 26th April 2019, 1pm - 2pm
United Reformed Church Romsey

Guest ensemble the Bloomsbury Quartet present a lunchtime concert of romantic works for string quartet.

Schubert Quartettsatz
Schulhoff 5 Pieces for String Quartet
Smetana String Quartet No. 1 in E minor “From My Life”

Tickets £10 Full price/ £5 U18s and full time students - BOOK HERE

Family Concert: Romsey Chamber Music Festival

Saturday 27th April 2019, 11AM - 12PM
United Reformed Church Romsey

The Bloomsbury Quartet are currently Wigmore Hall/Open Academy’s Fellowship Ensemble and in their second concert at RCMF, the Quartet present a wide variety of music for the whole family. Children are warmly encouraged to attend this concert and their will be an opportunity to meet the musicians at the end of the concert.

Tickets £10 Full Price, Children Free - BOOK HERE

For more details of our events and to book tickets, visit the Events page of our website!

Wigmore/Open Academy Fellowship

We're overjoyed to be the Wigmore Hall/Open Academy Fellowship Ensemble of 2018-19 - celebrating the partnership between the Wigmore Hall Learning programme and Open Academy. 

In Autumn 2018, we supported Wigmore Hall's Open House Day, performed onstage for babies in For Crying Out Loud!, did Chamber Tots workshops with VERY cute babies and toddlers, and joined in with the Singing With Friends dementia choir for some rehearsals and a joyous Christmas Sharing Concert!

We then kicked off 2019 with a Family Day "Chamber Challenge" workshop, where families learned about what it means to be in a chamber group, bonded through musical activities, wrote 2 brand-new songs and performed on the Wigmore stage.

Being Wigmore's Fellowship Ensemble has enabled us to work with their 3 Partner Schools - Weald Rise Primary (Harrow), Chestnuts Primary (Haringey) and St Mary's Catholic Primary (Hornchurch), as well as collaborate with this year's Wigmore/RPS Apprentice Composer Daniel Fardon and Trainee Music Leader Luke Newby. Occasionally, all these forces collide - in February we are working with music technologist Gawain Hewitt and Luke to create music with Chestnuts Primary students, which we will record alongside music by Daniel, all put together for Wigmore Learning's sound art installation (18 Feb) as part of its Sense of Home Festival.

Apart from the Festival, we are also joining in a Music for Thought project, Come and Create club (youths with Autism Spectrum Conditions), the aforementioned Chamber Tots workshops, a Relaxed Concert, premiering a brand-new piece written specially for us by Daniel, etc. ...the list goes on! There will be many more exciting events coming, so watch this space!

Thanks again for reading, we'd love to hear from you via email or social media, and if there's anyone who you think would like to receive this newsletter, send them our way!

Until next time!

Love from the Bloomsbury Quartet