"the Bridge Quartet continues its persuasive exploration of English music" (Richard Whitehouse 2020 Arcana FM)
This response reflects the Bridge Quartet’s ongoing reputation as an ambassador for English music through enterprising programming supported by excellent recordings. The group has travelled widely to festivals in USA, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria and Kenya and has broadcast English music live on the BBC and on various continental radio stations.
The history of the Bridge Quartet has been sprinkled with “discoveries”, As chosen artists for EM Recordings, the quartet members have relished opportunities to research and perform chamber music including neglected works by Norman O’Neill, Sir Hubert Parry, Goossens, Hurlstone and Howells to name a few. The most recent explorations have been on Ivor Gurney his song cycles with tenor Charles Daniels and baritone Roderick Williams.
“this brilliant performance by Williams, Dussek and the Bridge Quartet, make this disc an absolute must-have, not just for Gurney aficionados but for all lovers of English song, indeed all song” Opera Today June 2020
As Kirckmann Concert Society artists the Quartet received 3 South Bank recital opportunities and has subsequently given several Wigmore Hall capacity concerts. Other notable highlights over their history have included the City of London Festival, the English Music Festival, the “Haydnfest” in Manchester, Jacksonville festival Florida, the Festival du Quatours a Cordes de Fayence, France, Fundacion Juan March Madrid, Musica Eterna Dubrovnik and Sofia Festival, Bulgaria.
An unusual asset, if not unique, of the Bridge Quartet is having within its ranks its own composer “in residence”. The leader, Colin Twigg has written works for the CBSO and also composed specifically for the Bridge Quartet. A CD featuring his chamber music compositions was recently released by Toccata Classics with excellent reviews
"Performances, recording and Twigg's booklet notes are all exemplary, making for a worthwhile addition to Toccata Classics enterprising catalogue" 2017 Gramophone
If the string quartet is likened to a fine bottle of wine, Colin is the label. An alumni of the Menuhin school, he continued his studies with Oscar Shumsky and Spivakovsky in the USA with a Royal Society of Arts award and is a consummately expressive violinist. Lucy Wilding as the cellist is the bottle and provides impeccable technical security and dedication. In her formative years, whilst studying with Amaryllis Fleming Lucy participated in no fewer than 3 quartets. She continued her with studies with Pierre Fournier and later Ralph Kirshbaum. Michael and Cathy Schofield, as the inner voices, are the content. Cathy’s love of chamber music was sparked by her studies with quartet leaders Peter Cropper (Lindsays) and (with the aid of a Countess of Munster award) with Emmanuel Hurwitz (Aeolian). Michael is a graduate of the elite Manchester University and RNCM ‘joint course’ and as chief ‘repertoire researcher’ has illuminated many fine works which have found voice through the Bridge Quartet’s recording projects. Both Cathy and Michael are founding members of the Bridge Quartet and are married in real life as well as to the Quartet!
The quartet is very grateful to the "Bridge Quartet Initiative Trust" (charity no 1133156) which continues to support their ongoing recording projects and education work