The Bridge Quartet

The Bridge Quartet have a wonderful sense of musical expression and are entirely at one with each other ... The players were relaxed and yet one felt the electric pulse of the music pervading the Purcell Room.

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Past event highlights

 

Summer 2015

Summer activities with flickr photos:-

Bordeaux chamber music course at Domaine du Faure June 19-25

Photos HERE

Jimena International Festival July 9-12 2015

Photos HERE

 

 

 Sunday May 4th 6pm
West 6 Sunday Series @ 6pm
Phantasy quartets by Goosens, Holst and Holbrooke.
Dvorak viola quintet in E flat op 96

 

Monday April 21st 2014 6pm
"A River of Music" at All Saints' Church, Isleworth
"Phantasy!"
A concert of English 20th Century phantasy quartet

 

York QuartetFest presents Bridge String Quartet
Saturday 10th August, 7.30 pm

Clifton Methodist Church

Haydn String Quartet op. 76 no. 2 “The Fifths”
Bridge Three Idylls
Britten String Quartet No. 1


 

CAMBRIDGE SUMMER FESTIVAL July 23rd 2013 at 7:30pm

at St John's College Divinity School, Cambridge

Bridge Quartet: Denise Adeane Memorial Concert

Haydn String Quartet Op 76 No 2 ‘Fifths’
Britten String Quartet Op 25 No 1 in D major
Dvorak Piano Quintet in A major Op 81 with Patrick Milne piano

 


LAST YEAR
August 9th-13th 2012
Dordrecht weekend.


Six groups, 2 British, 3 Dutch and one mixed, gathered reflecting the Olympic spirit of participation and international understanding in the scenic ancient harbour town of Dordrecht.














Hospitality, amidst a wonderful selection of host families within the town, was arrangedby violinist Frank van der Drift leader of the respected local "Terramoto Quartet".


















Frank's well-appointed canal-side house provided the courtyard for communal meals and provided a comfortable base for the Bridge Quartet coaches.

















A packed local Chapel, the Trinitatiskapel, provided the intimate backdrop for the Bridge's own Saturday evening recital. The participants' Sunday afternoon concert was hosted in the panoramic drawing room of Nancy and Hank Witsen-Elias, overlooking a spacious waterway, where the continuous leisurely flow of the river craft suitably complemented the fluency of the musical offerings. The Bridge Quartet's members wish to thank Frank and all the generous hosts, and hope to visit this fabulous location again soon.



Participants' comments and testimonials-
Thank you both Cathy and Mike and of course Colin and Lucy for a wonderful `Holiday Chamber Music Course - with a Difference.` And what a difference! I t was absolutely superb - everything about it - and we all enjoyed it immensely. Your coaching was always very helpful, encouraging and kind and the Bridge Quartet concert in the Church was terrific as you could tell from the standing ovation you received. I bought the Free Spirits CD that evening and have great pleasure listening in particular to the Grieg you performed. ( I have it on whilst I write this) Frank certainly did a great job organising things at his end and fixing us up with delightful and charming hosts. I really loved Dordrecht and would really like to return there some day. Thank you again for everything you did to make that such a wonderful and memorable course and thank you for being such lovely people.  KAY THOMAS  

Thank you so much for a brilliant weekend - we loved every minute of it  Ros    

Dear all four of you! We had a marvellous time . Nothing could have been better. Ever so many thanks for everything including valuable, really most helpful tuition. What a difference getting all the notes in a chord makes........  Alan    

Many thanks for a terrific course. Both the domestics and the content worked out well for me and I think the rest of our group. I know we all had a memorable time. I will always remember that view over the Maas from the window of Henk and Nancy's house as well as the concert you played for us. The weekend flashed past at the speed of Opus 20 No 1 last movement and it's a pity we didn't see much of the town. I would have left more time had we known what a beautiful town it is. Roger

  



Quotes from participants on the course at La Grange Cochard, Beaujolais, France

I am writing to thank all of you for presenting a wonderful workshop, by far the best I have ever attended (a dozen or so). You are superb teachers: you take everyone from exactly where they are, you move them along by clear communication, you are patient and oh so kind. And you are warm and friendly outside of the lessons, which does a lot for morale.

Just wanted to say a huge thank you putting on such a wonderful music course. I know how much work must have gone into all the preparations along with the excellent tuition and most enjoyable concerts. Thanks also for going out of your way to look after us so well before and during our stay. We had a wonderful time.



 

 

A Celebration of Bridge & Britten music by the Bridge String Quartet
Saturday July 20th 2013

at St Andrew's Church Jevington, East Sussex

Purcell Chaconne, arranged Benjamin Britten
3 Idylls, Frank Bridge
Rhapsody for 2 violins and viola, Frank Bridge


For details  CLICK HERE

 

Sunday May 29th 11am
E.M.F Festival Dorchester Abbey


CV Stanford Quartet no 3 in D minor

Norman O Neill Piano Quintet op 10

Elgar Piano Quintet op 84 in A minor

With Michael Dussek piano

 

 

TOUR TO KENYA   2011

FEBRUARY 24TH NAIROBI MUSIC SOCIETY

 Italian Institute 7.30pm  

Haydn Emperor Quartet

Colin Twigg  Phantasy Variations on a Theme Of Haydn

Bridge Pieces

Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile

Njane Mugambi  "Ngoma Za Nyuzi 1"

Puccini I Chrisantemi

 

APRIL 17th Palm 2011
Sunday WEST 6 SUNDAYS @ 6 pm at Holy Innocents Church Paddenswick Rd
Hammersmith W6
Entry by programme at the door £12 (£10)
An evening of music with readings
Beethoven op 135 "Muss es Sein? Es muss sein"
Haydn Seven Last Words of our saviour on the cross

FEBRUARY 25TH 2011

British High Commissioner's Gala Concert In Aid Of Kijani Trust  

Programme to include Haydn Emperoro Quartet

GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 22ND 2011

ELY CATHEDRAL 7.30pm


Beethoven Quartet op 135 in F
Haydn Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross

 

OCTOBER 31st 2010
WEST 6 SUNDAY SERIES

@ 6 pm at Holy Innocents Church Paddenswick Rd Hammersmith W6 OUB
Entry by programme at the door £12 (£10)
Haydn Quartet Op 54 no2 in C
Ibert trio for Violin Cello and harp with harpist Bryn Lewis
Roussel Impromptu for solo harp
Beethoven Rasumovosky Quartet op 59 no1

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 5TH 2010

LONDON FESTIVAL OF BULGARIAN CULTURE

ST JAMES CHURCH 197 PICCADILLY LONDON

For ticket details - organiser's site at   www.lfbc.eu

Haydn Quartet op 54 no2 in C

Golominov Quartet no 4

John Howard "From darkness to light" new work for quartet and violin/violist Devorina Gamalova

Tchaikovsky Quartet no 1 in D

 

FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH-SUNDAY 6TH 2010

ALSTON HALL COACHING WEEKEND LANCASHIRE

 

FEBRUARY 6th 2011
WEST 6 SUNDAYS @ 6 pm at Holy Innocents Church Paddenswick Rd Hammersmith W6
Entry by programme at the door £12 (£10)
Haydn Quartet op 76 no 3 "Emperor"
Bartok Quartet no 1
Beethoven Quartet op 18 no 6 in B flat

Gala Concert, St Johns Smith Square

Gala Concert At St Johns Smith Square, 1st May 2010. With Pianist Michael Dussek And Tenor Charles Daniels.

 

Juan March Foundation, Madrid

Concert at Juan March Foundation in Madrid, February 2010, in connection with Wyndham Lewis exhibition. Broadcast live on Radio Clasica

 

 

The Rector's Palace - Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrivnik City crest
Musica Eterna programme


This prestigious concert took place on 18 June 2008 and featured works by Frank Bridge, Dvořak and Schubert. Details can be found here.

 

The English Music Festival, Oxfordshire

English Music Festival 2008

Henry Purcell / Benjamin Britten Chacony
William Alwyn Three Winter Poems
Frank Bridge Trio Rhapsody for two violins and viola
Frederick Delius Late Swallows
Frank Bridge String Quartet No. 2

The concert was supported by the William Alwyn Trust and the Royal College of Music Frank Bridge Bequest.

 

 

Shared Platforms - The Raj Academy

Shared Platform with the Raj Academy

An exploration of classical music from Western and Sikh tradition with artists from the Raj Academy.

A write up of the event by one of the audience can be found here.

 

14th String Quartet Festival and Tuscany tour, Italy

Loro Ciuffena programme

Tuscany is a treat at all times, but giving a couple of concerts in beautiful surroundings was an added bonus for the Quartet.

Gropina Romanesque Church

The first concert was in an outstanding Romanesque Church in Gropina, a hillside village near Loro Cuiffena and originally a site for a Roman temple. The concert was part of the 14th International Quartet Festival and the venue boasted excellent acoustics and attracted a capacity audience.

For the second concert, the quartet headed off to a wine centre in the middle of Chianti country. The venue was a beautiful deconsecrated Church on a site up in the hills with the scent of herbs and, particularly, Roman Mint. The concert was part of a summer series attracting an excellent audience who were not only offered good quartet music ... Bridge Schubert and Ravel ... but also supper and choice wine for afters! What more could anyone want?

 

 

Cambridge Festival and Coaching Course

Michael coaching a quartet
Michael coaches one of the quartets

 

Once again, the Quartet performed at the Cambridge Festival and then ran one of their prestigious coaching sessions, thanks to the kind hosting of Ruth Rattenbury. Quartets attended from far and wide and enjoyed the opportunity to practise their own chosen works with some help and coaching (details of both events).

 

 

 

 


 

Spectator Series flier

150 Years of Elgar - The Spectator Series

Elgar's 150th anniversary was celebrated with a series of concerts during May 2007 in the prestigious new offices of the The Spectator at 22 Old Queen Street in London - the house that saw many performances of Elgar's work in the past. Details can be found here.

 

 


Fayence International String Quartet Festival

Fayence festival programme

23 October 2006

Shostakovich Quartet no 7
Mozart Dissonance Quartet
Dvorak Quartet in C op 61

 

The Fayence String Quartet Festival celebrated its 18th anniversary in 2006. The festival is held in the Autumn of each year in the beautiful villages around the hilltop town of Fayence in the south of France. Famous quartets and musicians from around the world perform in Churches of the villages perch's in the surrounding area. On 23 October, the Bridge Quartet, famous for "forging a graceful reputation for interesting programmes and the promotion of British music," performed in the Eglise de Montauroux.

 

Aubagne Festival

Aubagne programme
Aubagne programme

22 October 2006

Mozart Piano quartet in G minor
Mozart Dissonance Quartet
Bridge Piano Quintet

 

Aubagne, situated just west of Marseille, is famous as the birthplace of Francois-Marie, Marquis de Bartholemy and Director of the First French Republic and the film director and writer, Marcel Pagnol. The town is host to a film festival and the Quartet played in the in the Theatre Comœdia on 22 October. The Quartet was billed as, "supremely master of its performance ... sometimes dramatic, sometimes lyrical, sometimes lighthearted or full of humour, delivering an outstanding message of fullness and spontaneity."

 

 

Aix en Provence Piano Festival

21 October 2006

Mozart Piano quartet in G minor
Mozart Dissonance Quartet
Bridge Piano Quintet

 

 

Jimena de la Frontera International Music Festival

21 July 2006

Samuel Coleridge Taylor Clarinet Quintet
Alwyn 3 Poems
Mozart Clarinet Quintet

 

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