The Villiers Quartet
The Villiers Quartet (VQ) is based in London, UK. Named Quartet-in-Association with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, the Villiers Quartet has created its own ground-breaking chamber music residency and concert series in collaboration with St. Andrew's Church in the London borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. In March 2012 the VQ became a featured ensemble of the UK's Making Music Concert Promoter's Group after being selected from a pool of over 100 applicants.
The VQ regularly performs concerts exploring the relationship of chamber music with dance, art, film, literature, digital media and technology. Last year they collaborated with actor Richard Mulholland in a performance of Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ; they launched the VQ New Works Competition, reaching a global audience with their online competition allowing internet audiences to vote for the winner; and they performed at the legendary London jazz venue Ronnie Scott's as part of the Brit Jazz Fest with sublime vocalist Seaming To.
The VQ works regularly with many fine musicians, performing this season with cellist Jamie Walton and violist Charles Sewart. The Quartet continues to work closely with their mentor, violist Jerry Horner, formerly of the Fine Arts Quartet. Projects for the 2012-2013 season include recording the quartets of British composer Robert Still with the British Music Society, and a recording of Sanctus by Canadian-Estonian composer Riho Esko Maimets, winner of the VQ New Works Competition. In the autumn of 2013 the VQ will make its American debut as part of their East Coast tour. The Villiers Quartet is proud to be generously sponsored by the Delius and Bush Trusts, and by the VQ Supporters Circle.