Navarra String Quartet
Photo courtesy Justin Griffiths Williams
Magnus Johnston, violin
Marije Johnston, violin
Sascha Bota, viola
Brian O'Kane, cello
VASKS String Quartet No 4
RAVEL String Quartet in F major
SCHUBERT String Quartet D810 in D minor 'Death and the Maiden'
Since its formation in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. They have been awarded prizes at the Banff, Melbourne and Florence International String Quartet competitions.
Their development continued with studies in Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet, Pro-Quartet in Paris, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove and from residencies at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
The Quartet plays on a variety of fine instruments wich include a Hieronymus II Amati and Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (kindly loaned to Marije by a generous sponsor through the Beares International Violin Society), an unknown, old English viola and a Grancino cello made in Milan in 1698, generously on loan from the Cruft-Grancino Trust, which is administered by the Royal Society of Musicians.
Recordings described by critics as 'stunning', 'sensational' and 'compelling' include Haydn's Seven Last Words and Peteris Vasks' first three String Quartets, which they recorded whilst working with the composer himself.
…a flawless performance by the Navarra Quartet. They have a warmly-rounded and very expressive sound, perfectly suited to Haydn. On this showing they are in the first rank of his music’s exponents.’ Independent
‘…the players realize the music’s essential intensity with their vivid sense of dramatic expression in an intensely detailed performance.’ BBC Music Magazine
- 17 Jan 2019 08:00 PM
What a joy has been the first half of the season and there is more great music to come. There is already a lot of interest in Jess Gillam after her appearance in the Last Night of the Proms, so we look forward to needing more seats out for that concert.
Your season ticket also gives you access to concerts in Lanark and Peebles for half price - well worth the money. A particular welcome to those who have joined for the first time, our numbers have risen well this year.
After Christmas, 17th January sees the Navarra String Quartet, Sunday afternoon, 10th February, is the saxophonist Jess Gillam, with pianist Zeynep Ozsuca. Sarah Beth Briggs returns on 8th March with her wonderful piano mastery and we end the season on 25th March with the A4 Brass Quartet, winners of the Tunnell prize.