The Bridge Quartet

The finest account yet of the Rhapsody Trio….rarefied and plangent by turns, the present performance can be expected to serve as the benchmark for some time to come …… the Bridge’s excellent series should extend to at least one more disc.
BRIDGE CHAMBER MUSIC SOMM International record review 2009

Bridge Quartet Initiative Trust
Registered Charity no 1133156


Recent Projects fulfilled through subsidy from Bridge Quartet Initiative Trust:-


RECORDING - match funding towards Toccata Classics CD of contemporary music by a living composer - 21st February 2016 “one of the most fearlessly enterprising labels on earth” —Fanfare
CD of Chamber Music compositions by Colin Twigg. (b. 1960) recorded at the Menuhin School June 2016
Colin Twigg entered the Menuhin School at the age of ten. On gaining the Royal Society of Arts Jubilee award in 1978 he travelled to Yale, where he studied violin with Oscar Shumsky and chamber music with Szymon Goldberg, amongst others. Awards from Juilliard enabled him to work there with Tossy Spivakovsky, at the same time as developing his compositional skills. Highlights of his performing career around this time included broadcast recitals on Radio WQXR New York and the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Manchester Camerata.

His notable successes as a composer have included Echoes of Eternity for string orchestra and solo cello, which was featured at the Deal festival in 2007. Performances of his chamber music have generally been well received, both in Britain and abroad, including France and Switzerland, and a Bridge Quartet performance of his Phantasy Variations – commissioned by Gloucester Music Society – was given an enthusiastic reception in Kenya. Having recently completed his Symphonic Reflections for symphony orchestra, he is looking forward to the opportunity of hearing it in live performance.

DIDO AND AENEAS March 6 2016 Community Opera in 2016 Richmond Arts Festival

Feedback from Organisers:-
"On behalf of everyone at The Helen Astrid Singing Academy, I would like to thank you for your generous donation towards our production of ‘Dido and Aeneas’ on 6thMarch 2016 at the Waldegrave Drawing Room.This event would not have been such a success without the generosity you kindly provided.


There were many encouraging comments from audience members afterwards, such as “Fantastic music, singing and dancing in a wonderful setting” and several enquiries as to “What’s next? We can’t wait!”

 


Your gift gave us the opportunity to bring together top quality artists excellent musicians, local school children and ballerinas from Russia; I know some friendships have already been formed between the children from the two countries"




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penrith School workshops and schools concert OCTOBER 8th 2015

 

The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith QEGS Penrith hosted the Bridge Quartet on October 8th, courtesy of funding from their Initiative Trust. This visit incorporated an initial open "academic" session introducing and crucially "illustrating" techniques for writing for string quartet, aimed at the school's GCSE and A level sets. Following this the members of the quartet taught violin viola and cello pupils at the school in private lessons or open classes. The very rewarding and much appreciated day concluded in the afternoon with a concert in which both pupils and Bridge Quartet were able to perform to more of a cross section of the school's age groups.

Amongst the feedback from the project was a card from the pupil's Mum, who thanked the Quartet for providing her son with a stimulating and positive musical experience in his first term at high school- "It is a beautiful part of the world up here but there are all the usual cuts (and more) within the State sector and Music is becoming less of a priority-- almost an optional subject in fact. When I was growing up there were Local Authority run music centres and free music lessons. All that has gone now ...my son has only just started secondary school and your trip was so well-timed as I continue to persuade him that playing the violin is COOL!"




ACMP World Music Day 8th March 2015

 

The Bridge Quartet Initiative Trust supports ACMP World Play-In.
Local West London players taking part with the Bridge Quartet on ACMP’s Worldwide Play-In Weekend, 8th March 2015 at All Saints Church, Isleworth included experienced local amateurs, teachers and semi-professional musicians, alongside school pupils from West London.

Mendelssohn’s Octet and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No 1 provided a lively and educational community session - organised in partnership with and to raise awareness for ACMP

“The ACMP Worldwide Play-In Weekend, occurring the first weekend of March each year, is a celebration of the joy of chamber music. This grassroots campaign encourages people of all ages and abilities to come together and play chamber music for pleasure…”(Associated Chamber Music Players - www.acmp.net )

EALING AUTUMN FESTIVAL 2013

COMMUNITY OPERA PERFORMANCES "NOYE'S FLUDDE" by BENJAMIN BRITTEN

Philip Hesketh, Kit Thacker, The Bridge String Quartet and many others.
In his opera Noye’s Fludde Britten retells the story of Noah and the Ark and the great flood that destroyed the world.

Noye’s Fludde brings every detail of the story to life, simply and vividly. It is an unforgettable experience set in a musical world of bells and bugles, percussion, strings, recorders and joyously singing voices. This event is in collaboration with St John’s Church, Southall, the Drama Studio London, The Bridge Quartet, Dairy Meadow School and Stanhope School and many other individuals whose contributions are making this production possible.

 

 

"CamBRIDGE CONNECTIONS" CONCERTS for Cambridge Summer Recitals 2013

The concert marked the final of three recitals covering Cambridge and also the less populated surrounding rural locality, given by the Bridge Quartet entitled the "Cambridge Connection Series". Each concert provided a high standard performance opportunity with extra rehearsal time included, for a promising instrumentalist studying at the University. The three concerts featured the three major Quintets by Dvorak. The Bridge Quartet were joined by second-year student Patrick Milne on this occasion for a performance of Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Opus 81.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charitable objectives of the BRIDGE QUARTET INITIATIVE TRUST:-

TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL BY PROMOTING, SUSTAINING AND INCREASING INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING IN THE FIELD OF MUSIC OF ALL KINDS INCLUDING CLASSICAL MUSIC, CHAMBER MUSIC AND ETHNIC MUSIC.

These are our four trustees:-

CHRISTOPHER THOMAS EYLES Chairman

ANTHONY DAVID BRAMLEY Secretary
JANE ELIZABETH SPENCER-DAVIS Treasurer

MICHAEL JOHN SCHOFIELD (non-executive)


There are various levels of donation Friend £20, Silver Friend £50 and Gold Friend £100.
If you wish to become a friend please email info@bridgequartet.com

 


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