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FEBRUARY 2019: Maxwell Quartet Launch Series at Guardswell Farm | BOOK >

 

 

The Maxwell Quartet is delighted to be presenting the first in a series of curated chamber concerts at Guardswell Farm.

 

The quartet will be preforming works from their debut album, on Linn Records, which is due for release in March 2019 and features their own folk compositions alongside music by Joseph Haydn.

 

This beautifully converted farm steading has a special place in the Maxwell Quartet’s hearts - it’s where the group’s violinist, George Smith, got married back in 2017, and the quartet are thrilled to be returning. The venue’s beautiful views, atmospheric spaces and perfect chamber acoustic will combine with the Maxwell Quartet’s unique and acclaimed performance style, making for a very special evening.

 

The evening will start with a welcome drink and nibble, followed by the performance.

VIDEO//Maxwell Quartet perform BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 12 Es-Dur Op. 127 // Final Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition

UPCOMING |

 

24 FEB 2019

GLASGOW, UK

 

27 FEB 2019

NEWCASTLE, UK

 

01 MARCH 2019

FIFE, UK

 

06 MARCH 2019

GLASGOW, UK

 

09 MARCH 2019

PERTH UK

 

16 MARCH 2019

TONBRIDGE UK

 

17 MARCH 2019

NEWTON STEWART UK

 

JANUARY 2019: Maxwell Quartet NYC DEBUT reviewed in New York Times

Any ensemble making its American debut is likely to feel some jitters, especially when the program includes a masterpiece as dense and thorny as Beethoven’s Op. 130. But on Sunday, members of the Maxwell String Quartet had an additional reason for feeling a little, well, vulnerable.

 

Addressing the audience at the New School, the group’s cellist, Duncan Strachan, explained why. “I must say,” he said, “this is a very high stage for kilts.”

 

Flashes of thigh, and wit, are not the only reason to take note of the Maxwell Quartet, which hails from Scotland and advertises that fact both in its dress and in its repertory, which includes striking arrangements of folk music. (As the sole Englishman in the lineup, the violist Elliott Perks wore tartan trousers.) As Sunday’s eloquent performance demonstrated, the players bring the same charisma and sense of adventure to their selections.

 

The slightly tart, resiny sound of traditional fiddle playing carried over beautifully into fresh readings of Haydn and into the Beethoven. But perhaps the most arresting moment was James MacMillan’s “Memento” from 1994, in which wisps of a melody floated on hazy harmonies and coalesced into heaving sighs before dissolving again into ghostly strains, rendered with a kind of fierce tenderness. CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM

1st Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, with performances hailed as “superb storytelling by four great communicators" by the Strad Magazine, the Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain's finest young string quartets,  with a strong connection to their folk music heritage and a commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the string quartet repertoire.  read more >

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