Saturday 28 November 4.00 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
The Eusebius String Quartet
Beatrice Phillips (violin)
Venetia Jollands (violin)
Hannah Shaw (viola)\
Hannah Sloane (cello)
Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor Op 132
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Praised as ‘excellent' by The Sunday Times, the Eusebius Quartet was formed in 2016 out of a passion for the extraordinary music written for this formation and have since gained a reputation for possessing ‘clarity and unity of thought'.Fast gaining an international reputation, the quartet has toured to Lucera, Italy, and Santa Fe, USA, and has been invited to tour China in 2021. Recent performances closer to home include Hay on Wye, Norwich Chapel Concerts as well a s a showcase performance at a charity Gala concert at Glyndebourne. Other UK appearances include performances in London venues such as Kings Place, Conway Hall and the Foundling Museum. In 2018 they were finalists in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, and they have frequently been invited to perform live on BBC Radio 3's ‘In Tune'. They are regular guests at the Lewes Chamber Music Festival, of which first violinist Beatrice Philips is the Artistic Director and founder, and have been invited to perform the opening concert of the 2020 Tetbury Festival.
Each outstanding musicians in their own right, the members of the Eusebius Quartet work regularly with leading ensembles across the world such as the award-winning period group Arcangelo, the 12 ensemble and Chamber Orchestra of Europe among many others. Between them they bring influences from their rich and diverse musical backgrounds, having each studied at leading international conservatoires. Together as a quartet, they were awarded a residency at Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Snape Maltings in 2019, where they worked with one of their mentors, Hungarian pedagogue and pianist Rita Wagner, studying and performing quartets by Schumann and Bartok. The residency culminated in lunchtime concerts at the Jubilee Hall series in Aldeburgh and an invitation to perform as part of the Aldeburgh Festival in June 2020.
The Eusebius Quartet has collaborated with pianists Alasdair Beatson and Bengt Forsberg; clarinettists Matt Hunt and Michael Collins; oboist Daniel Bates; bassoonist Amy Harman; violist James Boyd; and cellist Marie Bitlloch. In addition, the quartet has worked closely with composer Howard Skempton having been invited in 2019 to perform his complete works for string quartet at a special celebration concert at Kings Place. Keen to make their music accessible to all, the Eusebius Quartet enjoy outreach projects and have led schools tours for both the Lewes Chamber Music Festival and the Foundling Museum in London, where they designed music workshops for local Camden schools ahead of giving a series of concerts in the museum. They also coach on Junior MusicWorks chamber courses for young string players - a venture with personal significance for them as three quartet members are MusicWorks alumnae themselves.
The members of the quartet first met as teenagers and then again later at IMS Prussia Cove and having each completed their respective studies in London, New York, Paris and Helsinki, they are excited to have reunited as a quartet. The quartet takes its name from one of the two fictional characters invented by Robert Schumann for his musical journal writings. These characters became symbolic of Schumann's opposing moods: the fiery and impassioned Florestan contrasted the more introverted and dreamy Eusebius.
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