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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: patronsldsm@gmail.com

FridayLive
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.
SOLD OUT - RETURNS ONLY
 

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

Autumn 2018 Newsletter by Felicity Smith

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Hello and welcome to our very first newsletter!

First of all, we want to say a big thank you for all your support throughout Summer 2018 around London and the South-East. It was wonderful playing for and meeting all of you!

Now that we've fully entered into Autumn, with all the leaves falling and the wind picking up, we've got some news that we want to share with you!

So, without further ado...

Upcoming Events

MusicFor: An Autumn Evening

Thursday, October 11, 2018
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green

We’re delighted to be returning to Stroud Green, playing our summer 2018 staples Beethoven "Serioso" No.11 Op.95 and Britten No.2, as well as our newfound gem Schubert Quartettsatz D.703. Seats can be reserved on the "pay-what-you-want" scheme and there'll even be a refreshments bar - what a steal! Click HERE to reserve your seat.

Evening Soiree- Dumbleton Hall Hotel

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
7.00pm arrival
7.30pm recital

In November we’re heading off to the beautiful Cotswolds with a programme of Britten and Schubert, now paired with the incredible with Smetana Quartet No.1  "From My Life". It's looking to be a wonderful evening of music and gastronomy - you could even spend the night in the stunning 19th Century stone manor house! A luxurious mid-week treat - to join us, email the hotel at conferenceadmin@pofr.co.uk

There will be more Bloomsbury Quartet action to come in the New Year, and we're buzzing with all our performance project ideas for 2019, which we're developing with our mentor Clare Norburn, director of Stroud Green Festival. All will be revealed in due course so WATCH THIS SPACE!

For more details of our Autumn 2018 events and to book tickets, visit the Events page of our website.

We are Fellows!

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.

Since our fellowship commenced in September 2018, we've helped people discover the aesthetics and acoustics of Wigmore Hall on its Open House Day (22 Sep), and performed in two For Crying Out Loud! concerts (28 Sep) specially designed for babies and their parents/carers.

Our next fellowship project is the sold-out Chamber Tots workshops on Sat 17 November - these enable music-making for children aged 1 to 5 with their parents/carers. We will be delivering more Chamber Tots workshops in 2019, under various themes, but we're kicking off with a bang as our theme this time is "Into Space" - which promises to be very thrilling indeed!

Finally, we have Twitter and Instagram at long last!
Now we can overshare our thoughts and have our candid moments (of which there are many!) caught on camera.
Click the black circular icons at the top-right of this page to explore our social media accounts for events, photos, videos and more!

Now, back to preparing for our concert on Thursday...

Thanks 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 x