Spring 2017 chamber ensemble newsletter

23 February 2017

Ruisi String Quartet

The Ruisi Quartet are about to embark on a five-day concert tour of Scotland, supported by the Tunnell Trust.

Mozart's "Dissonance" quartet is paired with Ravel's quartet in F, while Friday's concert in Melrose skews more Romantic, with Wolf's "Italian Serenade" and Schubert's "Rosamunde" quartet.

Ruisi will be visiting Fort William (near Ben Nevis), and Islay, home of some of Scotland's most famous whisky distilleries. When they return to England, they'll give a lunchtime concert as part of City Music Society's Young Artist Series on March 3rd at St. Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield that also spotlights the Ravel they took on tour.

Two recent concerts featured pieces that have become somewhat "signature works" for Endymion.

A visit to Cockermouth in Cumbria included a performance of Ernő Dohnányi's Sextet in C, which the ensemble recorded in 1995 and which remains firmly in their repertoire.

In January, Michael, Stephen and Krysia took the ever-popular Brahms and Ligeti Horn Trio programme to Ludlow . Endymion performs their piano and winds recital (including another Sextet, by Poulenc) on March 14th for Richmond Concert Society, and the Horn Trio visits Dorchester on April 12th.

A few weeks ago, Onyx Brass enjoyed a day of coaching students at the University of Newcastle, including several in a lunchtime concert in the beautiful King's Hall.

The very next day, they hosted workshops with some much younger students from primary and secondary schools around Helmsley, North Yorkshire, and finished the mini-tour with an evening recital at the Helmsley Arts Centre.

Both concerts featured works from their latest CD, "On an Overgrown Path", as well as new works by some of Britain's most promising jazz composers, which will form part of a future CD. Before that, the quintet will be in the studio with John Wilson, recording fanfares for Chandos.

Last summer's Bascule concert, performed in the underbelly of the world-famous Tower Bridge was featured on BBC television this January with Juice making an appearing on the show.

They will be visiting Aberdeen for composer workshops and a concert in March including the world premieres of works by Luke Whitlock and Edward-Rhys Harry, and performing an evening recital for Abbotsholme Music Society in April with a taste of their new programme "O, Let Us Howl!"