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28 November 2019, 8pm (doors at 7.30pm)

The Gildas Quartet have performed to critical acclaim at major venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3. Praised for their ‘energy, verve and refreshing approach’, their bold and explorative approach to performance has been recognised by the International Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition, Graz, where they were first prize winners of the Audience Engagement Award in 2018.

“We’re running out of superlatives!”

– The Strad

Pre concert talk

There will be a pre-concert talk happening at 7 – 7.30pm.

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Tickets are £20 (£5 full time students)

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Programme

Purcell: Chaconne & Fantasias
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’
Nicola LeFanu: ‘But Stars Remaining’
Mozart: String Quartet No.19 in C major K.465, ‘Dissonance’

About Gildas Quartet

The Gildas Quartet have performed to critical acclaim at major venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3. Praised for their ‘energy, verve and refreshing approach’, their bold and explorative approach to performance has been recognised by the International Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition, Graz, where they were first prize winners of the Audience Engagement Award in 2018.

Equally passionate about new music and works from the quartet canon, the Gildas have a concert series called ‘First Nights, Last Rites’ where they commission pieces to be partnered with late well-loved quartets. The first instalment, a new piece by Philip Cashian, was conceived to be performed alongside Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’, receiving its premiere at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney last year. The quartet has also been privileged to work with composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews on performing their works for quartet.

The quartet are City Music Foundation Artists and Associate Ensemble at the Birmingham Conservatoire. They have studied with Oliver Wille, Robin Ireland and Catherine Manson, and have also benefited from intensive coaching and masterclasses from Alfred Brendel, Paul Cassidy, Gabor Takacs Nagy and András Keller among others. They have frequently been featured by the Park Lane Group and are grateful for awards and support from the Richard Carne Trust, Tunnell Trust and the RNCM. The Gildas Quartet were semi-finalists at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2018, and recently returned from a tour of China.

About Carola Darwin

Carola Darwin combines a career as an opera and concert singer with research and writing about music. She trained at Royal Northern College of Music, and went on to gain a PhD from the University of Sheffield. She is now an Academic Professor at the Royal College of Music, where she teaches Music History.

Carola has recently been selected by the BBC and AHRC to research the life and work of Johanna Müller-Hermann, a composer who lived in Vienna in the early 20th century. This is part of the Five Women Composers project. She is currently commissioning a song-cycle by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, based on poems about evolution and the environment. She is also working on a book The ‘I’ of the Other: Women, opera and autonomy in Mahler’s Vienna.

Operatic roles include Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen, Surrey Opera), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro, Opera! Festival, Netherlands), Berta, (The Barber of Seville, Opera East) Sofia (I Lombardi, UCOpera) She has also sung Governess (The Turn of the Screw) Mimi (La Bohème) Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Pat Nixon (Nixon in China). Recent concert work includes a series with the Hermitage String Quartet, Héloise in Maconchy’s Héloise and Abelard, and solos for Park Lane Group’s Celebration for Elizabeth (Purcell Room). ​ Her multi-media one-woman show The Vienna Show: Music and Gender in fin-de-siècle Vienna has been seen in Winnipeg, Canada and also in London, Sheffield and Liverpool.