Lunchtime Concerts 2016-17
Tuesday 25 April, 1.00pm
Christiana Mavron – Violin
Charlotte MacClure (replaces Katy Rowe as at Jan ‘17) – Violin
Niamh Ferris – Viola
Beatrice Newman - Cello
Shostakovich String Quartet No 8
Borodin String Quartet No 2
The Mavron Quartet was formed in September 2002 and is the first Ensemble in Residence at the National Concert Hall of Wales, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, having been appointed in 2010. The Quartet has also enjoyed residency, since 2005, at the Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff.
In 2004 the Quartet members were appointed Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and since 2003, worked for the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. The Quartet is also an alumni of Live Music Now.
**LATEST NEWS** (16.03.17)
The Mavron Quartet are delighted to announce that they will be appearing with Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo winners - Josienne Clark and Ben Walker on the 24 July, 8pm at the Hall.
Arrive at the Hall in time for the 1pm performance and pay what you feel is appropriate.
Presenting regular recitals for music societies and festivals across the UK, Mavron Quartet highlights include performing at the 2014 Lower Machen Festival, premiering Mervyn Burtch’s String Quartet No. 7 and performing Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Michael Collins at the Riverfront, Newport. In 2012, the Quartet was Young Artists in Residence at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival and also performed at the 2012 Monmouth Festival, which involved premiering ‘footsteps in the shadow’by Peter Reynolds. In 2011 the Mavrons performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet with Llŷr Williams which celebrated twenty years of Live Music Now in Wales.
As well as its public performances, the Quartet has appeared at the Senedd, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the private London residence of the American Ambassador to the UK, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Guests at these performances have included HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, current and former Prime Ministers, and Welsh Ministers.
With funding support from various organisations, the Mavron Quartet has commissioned and performed a number of collaborative pieces - collaboration being a strong ethos of the Quartet. Currently the Quartet is collaborating with composer Tom Green on The World’s Wife- an Opera, based on a set of poems by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. A Wailing on the Wind,storytelling collaborationwith Liz Weir and composer Ian Stephens, was nominated for an Outstanding Multi-Arts Performance award from the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence 2013. Performances marking the quartet’s tenth anniversary took place across the UK of A Wailing on the Wind alongside performances of commissioned works by Welsh composers Rhian Samuel, Gareth Wood and Gareth Churchill.
Session work sees the Quartet perform with a variety of artists. The Quartet recorded on The Gentle Good albums Ruins, Tethered for the Storm, Y Bardd Anfarwol, (National Eisteddfod Welsh Album of the Year 2014)Cian Ciarán’s album Outside In, Gildas’ album Sgwnnu Stori, Sweet Baboo’s EP Motorhome Songs and has toured with The Gentle Good and Sweet Baboo, performing at festivals including Glastonbury, Greenman, Brecon Jazz and Latitude.
The Mavron Quartet undertakes educational and outreach work for St David’s Hall, the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust and various sponsors.
PLEASE NOTE: These timings are provided as a guideline only and are subject to change.