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We are a vibrant and very talented string quartet, working in most musical genres, reliable, professional and experienced
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The Artington String Quartet is made up of 4 musicians who live within 5 miles of Artington between Guildford and Godalming in Surrey. Between them they have over 75 years of experience working as professional musicians in the U.K. and abroad. The quartet intends to explore and share the rich and wonderful repertoire of the String Quartet from Haydn to the present day. Mal, Catherine, Emily, and Jonny have worked with orchestras such as the B.B.C. Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, English National Ballet, RTE Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.  Their chamber music and solo performing has taken them to countries such as China, Mexico, Israel and Egypt. The quartet’s members have won various prizes for excellence in chamber music performance and played in venues such as “Bellas Artes” in Mexico City, the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St.Martin’s in the Fields and the Electric Theatre, Guildford! In the commercial side of the music industry our musicians have performed with artists such as Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Meatloaf and Massive Attack. Also players from the Artington String Quartet have played on X-Factor, the “Live Lounge” on Radio One, Top of the Pops, ITV and West End shows such as Carrousel, Oliver and Lion King.  However the quartet intends to work in and among the local community, serving its members and helping with education projects and the disadvantaged. We aim to play fund-raising events for charities and collaborate with younger musicians from the Guildford area.  We are available for work in schools and are all experienced DBS checked teachers.

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Gillian L
4 years ago, for a Concert in Guildford
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Our afternoon concert on 12th January was given by the Artington String Qiuartet, a group of distinguished musicians from the Guildford area, who have been playing together since 2015. They began with Mozart’s ‘Dissonance’ Quartet K.465, perfectly catching the brooding mystery of the opening then switching effortlessly to the flowing conversation of the main part of the first movement. The calm serenity of the Andante led us on to the genuinely dancing Menuetto, with its more dramatic trio section, and then to the vigorous final Allegro. The group’s fine grasp of variety of mood and colour was again evident in Beethoven’s G major Quartet, op. 18 no. 2. Beethoven makes concise use of sharply-contrasting material in the opening Allegro, which gave leader Malcolm Allison, in particular, the opportunity to display his considerable virtuosity. The opening of the Adagio revealed rich sonorities, especially from Emily Frith (viola) and Jonathan Hennessey-Brown (‘cello); this material returned, after a sprightly Allegro middle section, with florid decoration shared between first violin and ‘cello. The lively Scherzo, with its abrupt key changes, saw first and second violin (Catherine Lett) tossing the melodic line backwards and forwards, before the finale surprised and delighted us with some characteristic Beethoven ‘false starts’ in the ‘wrong’ key. After the interval, we turned to Smetana’s Quartet ‘From my life’. As its title suggests, it was conceived as an intimate record of the composer’s life, and was premièred in 1876, after Smetana had, like Beethoven, become deaf. Violist Emily Frith had a key role in this piece, beginning with a dramatic solo at the start of the first movement, which expresses the composer's romantic ideals in life and music. The group showed a real sense of fun in the Polka second movement, with its clear evidence of the influence of folk music. Jonathan Hennessey-Brown’s hitherto restrained and supportive playing gave way to an authoritative and big-toned ‘cello solo in the Largo, whilst the last movement featured a persistent high E in the first violin part – a poignant reminder of the tinnitus that heralded the onset of the composer’s deafness. The Artington Quartet are very committed to supporting mental health care, and will be returning to give a Coffee Concert on 10th June in aid of Oakleaf ( A retiring collection in aid of Oakleaf was also held at this concert, and raised a substantial amount for the charity. Gillian Lloyd

Music S
8 years ago

IMPRESSIVE DEBUT FROM ARTINGTON QUARTET The newly formed Artington String Quartet gave a masterly performance at their first concert in Cockermouth, when the audience were treated to their interpretation of two famous quartets, Mozart “Dissonance” Quartet and Smetana’s semi autobiographical “From my Life” Quartet. Malcolm Allison(Violin) led with assurance and sensitivity to every nuance of the music and was ably joined by Catherine Lett(Violin). The whole group’s instinctive balance of sound united with a clear understanding of dynamics and mood. Jonathan Hennessey-Brown (Cello) brought admirable bass support to the group at all times and Emily Frith(Viola) was particularly impressive in the Smetana with her solo moments which gave emotional energy to the depiction of a master composer’s worst nightmare - the onset of deafness. The concert’s second half was devoted to a performance of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A with Susan Allison (Piano), exciting and wonderful music which the audience clearly enjoyed. SUSAN ALLISON, Cockermouth Music Society

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Artington String Quartet's Song list

• Bach Suite in D including Air on a G string
• Bach Double Violin Concerto
• Pachelbel Canon
• Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
• Excerpts from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi
• Concerto in Aminor Vivaldi
• Concerto in Dminor by Vivaldi
• Divertimenti in D, F and Bb by Mozart
• Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart
• Lascia ch'io pianga by Handel
• Excerpts from the Firework music by Handel
• Hornpipe from The Water Music by Handel
• Christmas Concerto by Corelli
• Two Rondeaux by Purcell
• Trumpet Tune by Purcell
• Trumet Voluntary by Clarke
• Wedding March by Wagner
• Wedding March by Mendelssohn
• Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach
• Ave Maria by Schubert
• Aria from Xerxes by Handel
• Liebestraum by Liszt
• Palladio by Karl Jenkins
• Menuett by Boccherini
• Pavane by Faure
• Salut d'amour by Elgar
• Chanson de Matin by Elgar
• Nimrod by Elgar
• Beau Brummel by Elgar
• Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams
• Romance from “the Gadfly” by Shostakovitch
• Excerpts from the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky
• La Forza del Destino by Verdi
• Polovstian Dances by Borodin
• Waltz by Chopin
• Dance of the hours by Ponchielli
• Harry Lime theme
• James Bond theme
• Theme from “Goldfinger”
• Lullaby by Gershwin
• Congratulations by Martin and Coulter
• Bethena Waltz by Scott Joplin
• Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
• The Entertainer by Scott Joplin
• Ragtime Dance by Scott Joplin
• A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square by Sherwin
• Leaning on a Lampost by Noel Gay
• A Foggy Day by Gershwin
• Summertime by Gershwin
• Nessun Dorma by Puccini
• Nice Work if you can get it by Gershwin
• S'Wonderful by Gershwin
• Romanza Andaluza by Sarasate
• Prelude to Carmen
• Habanera from Carmen by Bizet
• Barcarolle by Offenbach
• Wedding Day at Troldhaugen by Grieg
• Norwegian Dance by Grieg
• Over the Rainbow by Arlen
• Irish Sherry Suite Trad.
• Dark Eyes trad. Russian gypsy
• Cheek to Cheek by Irving Berlin
• Tango: por una Cabeza (from Scent of a Woman)
• Pasadena
• La Vie en Rose by Louiguy
• Jealousy Tango by Gade#
• Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson
• It don't mean a thing by Ellington
• Moonlight and Roses byLemare
• Anything Goes by Cole Porter
• Pennies from Heaven by Johnson
• Every Time we say Goodbye by Cole Porter#
• Makin Whoopee by Donaldson
• Funiculi Funicula by Denza
• Moonlight in Vermont by Suessdorf
• Let's do it by Cole Porter
• New York New York by Bernstein
• O Sole Mio
• The Folks who live on the hill by Kern
• My Funny Valentine by Kern
• Vocalise by Rachmaninov
• Pizzicato Polka by Strauss
• Flower Duet from Lakme by Delibes
• Tango by Albinez
• Czardas by Monti
• Selection of Beatles Songs including Hey Jude and Yesterday
• Theme from E.T.
• Moon River
• Schindler's List
• Tonight and Somewhere from West Side Story
• Candle in the Wind
• Bridge Over Troubles Water
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