5th October 2013 7:45pm
Red Priest
£18.00, £5 (student)
Red Priest
HandelOverture: Zadok the Priest
HandelRecorder Sonata in B minor
ForquerayRondeau ‘Jupiter’
HandelVo Far Guerra (from Rinaldo, arr. Babell)
VivaldiConcerto in A minor from ‘L’Estro Armonico’
HandelTrio Sonata in F major Op 2 no. 4
BachBrandenburg Concerto no. 3
HandelSuite from The Messiah
ForquerayChaconne ’La Morangis‘
BachToccata and Fugue in D minor

The world’s most extraordinary baroque quartet are coming back to Campus West! This incredible acoustic foursome has been described by music critics as ‘visionary and heretical’, ‘outrageous yet compulsive’ ‘with a red-hot wicked sense of humour’ and a ‘break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music.’

Founded in 1997, and named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has given several hundred sell-out concerts at many of the world's prestigious festivals. These musicians have redefined the art of period performance, creating a virtual orchestra through their creative arrangements, heart-on-sleeve emotion & compelling stage craft.

9th November 2013 7:45pm
Coull Quartet
£16, £5 (student)
Coull Quartet
MendelssohnQuartet in E flat Op 12 (1829)
SchubertQuartet in A minor D804 (1824)
BeethovenQuartet in F Op 135 (1826)

Founded in 1974, and Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick since 1977, the Coull Quartet has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, USA, Western Europe, China, India, South America and Australia. The rare combination of maturity and freshness which characterises the Quartet’s performances is often singled out by reviewers:

‘Here the playing is so brimful with enthusiasm and commitment, and at the same time so infused with the accumulated wisdom of three decades, that the music simply reinvents itself as it should.’
(The Gramophone)

‘I have nothing but praise for a display so full of wisdom and musicality.’
(The Gramophone)

11th January 2014 7:45pm
£16, £5 (student)
BeethovenQuintet in C, Op 29
BrittenPhantasy Quintet
Brucknerslow movement from Quintet
MendelssohnString Quintet in A, Op 18

Pentatonic, formed in 2005, is a string quintet made up of friends who have known and worked together for many years. The name comes from the 5 note scale, the basis of much folk music from around the world.

Andrew Watkinson has been the first violin of the Endellion Quartet for 32 years and has performed over 2500 concerts with them. Jane Carwardine works with many London chamber orchestras and is principal second violin of the Guildhall Strings and the City of London Sinfonia. Sophie Renshaw studied at Yehudi Menuhin School and held the Principal viola position in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for 8 years. Japanese born, Takane Funatsu started playing the violin aged 4. Coming to England in 1991 to study with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Shuna Wilson was the cellist of the Kandinksy Quartet, and principal cello of the City of London Sinfonia and London Bach Orchestra, and is now the cellist of the Galini Piano Trio.

15th March 2014 7:45pm
Louis Schwizgebel
£18, £5 (student)
Louis Schwizgebel

Louis Schwizgebel is recognised as one of the most talented pianists of his generation, praised for his interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert & the French Impressionists. Louis was the 2nd prize winner and the youngest finalist at the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012. In the final round he performed Beethoven Piano Concerto Nr. 4 with The Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder which was broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3. Louis will be recording the Beethoven 4th Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in December 2013.

12th April 2014 7:45pm
Carducci Quartet
£16, £5 (student)
Carducci Quartet
HaydnString Quartet Op 33 no. 6
ShostakovitchString Quartet no. 4
BeethovenString Quartet Op 59 no. 2 ‘Razumovsky’

Based in the UK, the Carducci Quartet performs over 90 concerts worldwide each year. The Quartet continues to run their annual festival in Hignam, Glos and hold residencies at Cardiff University and Dean Close School, Cheltenham. Highlights of the upcoming season include the quartet’s debut at the John F Kennedy Center, Washington USA, a residency at Cheltenham Music Festival and a new recording of contemporary works on their own label: Carducci Classics.

17th May 2014 7:45pm
The Aurora Ensemble
£16, £5 (student)
The Aurora Ensemble
IbertTrois Pieces Breves
Jim ParkerBoulevard
CarterWoodwind Quintet
ReichaAndante for Cor Anglais
Bizet (arr, Walter)Carmen Suite

Established in 1996, the Aurora Ensemble is a traditional wind quintet which also expands to work with piano, strings or to explore the repertoire for wind octet. Each of the players are successful freelance musicians, all working regularly with some of the country's leading orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Prize winners at the European chamber music competition, Musique d’Ensemble held at the Paris Conservatoire in 2001, the ensemble has broadcast for BBC Radio  3 and performed in many major venues including the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall (for the Park Lane Group), Manchester's Bridgewater Hall and Cardiff's St. David’s Hall.