We've taken the plunge and are streaming our next rehearsal online. Be a fly on the wall and watch us rehearse the finalists for the VQ New Works Competition. Click the link below.
The VQ had a fantastic Music FOCUS day with students at IntoUniversity Hammersmith earlier this month. Students got to see how we worked together as a quartet to make music (it's all about TEAMWORK!), they got to try out different stringed instruments, and they wrote & performed their own compositions, all in a day's work! Well done to all the students for participating, and thank you to IntoUniversity for a great time!
You can see pictures of the day at IntoUniversity's website links:
IntoUniversity Hammersmith: www.intouniversity.org/content/intouniversity-hammersmith
We're well on our way towards announcing the results of the next round for the VQ New Works Competition. We want to thank everyone who sent compositions --54 entries for string quartet-- it's been a pleasure and an adventure hearing your music.
Thanks to all. Watch this space February 22nd.
We are proud to welcome our newly-named Quartet in Association to perform at our residency, St. Saviours Church, Pimlico. Members of the quartet have given concerts across the UK, Europe, China, Japan, Indonesia, Canada, and in 30 states across the USA, including a quartet residency at Syracuse University. In addition to performing the classical repertoire of Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart, the ensemble also promotes the music of contemporary and emerging composers. www.villiersquartet.com
We unveil the poster for our VQ "Haydn & Beyond" Spring Season, 2012!
In between our rehearsals of Haydn & Glass. This is what happens when you tread on a cellist's toes:
Tamaki with our quartet mascot (and fiercest critic!), Robin:
We are pleased to announce that we have been named Quartet-In-Association with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra. Please visit our friends at the NLSO website and learn more about their concert schedule. We look forward to our partnership with this exciting new ensemble!
Thanks to folks at the Arts Council's new instrument scheme Take It Away, a scheme that helps young musicians aged 18 - 25 buy instruments by providing interest-free loans. We're featured in their news bulletin!
and the other 'quartetists' for wonderful, transporting music. It seemed
to me to be so right that that wonderful music of the 18th century should
be performed in a church built a century or more later and being renovated
another century and a half further on. And to have a violin of 1740 as one
of the instruments being played, brought past, present and future (of St
Andrew's and the Villiers Quartet) together
I thought that there was a good audience for the first of the concerts and
that we can build on that so that the next concert becomes a 'must attend'
-Fr. Guy Wilkinson, acting Vicar of St. Andrew's, Fulham Fields, London