Season 2013 - 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Aurora Ensemble
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.