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About Bloomsbury Quartet

STRING QUARTET | Wigmore Hall Fellowship Ensemble | Making Music Selected Artists | St Martins Competition Finalist | Royal Academy of Music
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String quartet
Wembley
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The Bloomsbury Quartet was formed at the Royal Academy of Music, when Eva and Felicity met while chamber music speed dating. Rather than the usual first-date awkwardness, they wished the twenty-minute time slot would never end. Two was great, but four is so much better; Janell and Rachel joined in and they have not looked back! Since then, they have performed across the country at major festivals, concert series and venues, including Wigmore Hall, Petworth Festival, Leicester International Music Festival’s lunchtime concert series, Lake District Summer Music’s New Generation Artists Concerts, Stroud Green Festival, Romsey Abbey, Old Royal Naval College Greenwich and Brasenose College, University of Oxford. The quartet have also won recognition as a Stroud Green Festival Ensemble Scheme Winner, St Martin in the Fields Chamber Competition Finalist, Making Music Selected Artist, making their nationwide debut live on BBC Radio Three’s primetime In Tune programme, and giving the world premiere at Wigmore Hall of Six Movements for String Quartet by Daniel Fardon, the Wigmore Hall/RPS Rosie Johnson Apprentice Composer. The Bloomsbury Quartet has been appointed as Quartet in Residence of Goodenough College, London. Eva, Janell, Rachel and Felicity are all passionate about inspiring and developing current and future generations of musicians and music-lovers, successfully engaging new and existing audiences with their unique combination of creative and thought-provoking programming, innovative concert formats, and participatory projects. As the Wigmore Hall / Open Academy Fellowship Ensemble, the Bloomsbury Quartet played a major role in facilitating Wigmore Hall’s Learning programme, working with and positively impacting more than a thousand people of all walks of life across London and beyond. The Bloomsbury Quartet embarked on their first UK tour with 'ReCentred', a concert experience about the life and works of Elizabeth Maconchy, supported by the Ambache Charitable Trust and RVW Trust. This led to Wigmore Hall’s Pioneering Women, a spinoff concert experience for schools and families, to highlight other inspiring female composers. The Bloomsbury Quartet received regular coaching from Levon Chilingirian and Jon Thorne, and have also been coached by Hartmut Rohde, the Doric Quartet, Jim Sleigh, and Michael Bochmann. Last year, they were selected for ChamberStudio’s Mentorship scheme and have been receiving coaching with Richard Ireland. As soloists, the members of the Bloomsbury Quartet won competition prizes in the Netherlands, Singapore and the UK. Individually, they are also recipients of the Marylebone Student Award, Howard Davis Scholarship, John Booth Prize, the HSBC Youth Excellence Award, and the Diana Award; all in recognition of their talent, dedication to music making and ability to communicate and share music with others. As orchestral musicians, they have played with the Britten Sinfonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Metropole Orchestra, and taken part in the CBSO String Training programme, Oxford Philharmonic Apprenticeship Scheme and Birmingham Royal Ballet Apprenticeship Scheme.

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Genres:
Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Covers, Baroque
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Concert, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Virtual event, Charity event
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Song list

CONCERT REPERTOIRE
Arbeau, Thoinot (Arr. Patrick Allen) - Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie
Beethoven, Ludwig van - Quartet in F Minor Op.95 No.11
Bingen, Hildegard von - O Virtus Sapentiae
Bosmans, Henriette - Quartet
Bridge, Frank - Three Idylls
Britten, Benjamin - Alla Marcia
Britten, Benjamin - Quartet No.2
Clarke, Rebecca - Poem
Danish String Quartet - Peat Dance & The Topped Hen (trad.)
Dvorak, Antonin - Quartet in D Minor Op.34
Fardon, Daniel - Six Movements
Haydn, Joseph - Quartet in C Major, Op.20 No.2
Janacek - Quartet No.2 "Intimate Letters"
LeFanu, Nicola - Quartet No.2
Maconchy, Elizabeth - Quartet No.1
Maconchy, Elizabeth - Quartet No.11
Montgomery, Jessie - Voodoo Dolls
Mozart, W.A. - "Hoffmeister" Quartet
Mozart, W.A. - Quartet in D Minor K421
Ravel, Maurice - String Quartet
Schubert, Franz - Quartet in D Minor Op.34
Schubert, Franz - Quartettsatz
Schulhoff, Erwin - Five Pieces
Smetana, Bodrich - Quartet No.1 "From My Life"
Shaw, Caroline - Entr'acte
Stravinsky, Igor - Three Pieces
Vaughan Williams, Ralph - Quartet No.2
LIGHTER CLASSICS
Elgar - Chanson de Matin
Elgar - Salut d'Amour
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We primarily perform as a string quartet, but are also comfortable playing in various combinations of string solos, duos, trios, or even quintets and beyond

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

No worries, just get in touch with us as soon as you are aware of a change in timings, and we'll discuss with you to find a way forward!

How much time do you need to set up?

Concert performances: we ideally require 60-90minutes' rehearsal in the concert venue itself, to work with the acoustics, plus 45-60minutes setup time. Event performances: we require 45minutes' setup time before we are scheduled to begin playing. Educational/community workshops: the setup time will vary on a case-by-case basis, but generally averaging 45mi

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes, this is a possibility but it would depend on the size of the request and how far in advance we are notified! Do get in touch to discuss :)

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, however if you provide music stands or other equipment such as piano stools or stand lights (if your event requires them), that would help us to reduce the setup time!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, this is a possibility but it would depend on the size of the request and how far in advance we are notified! Do get in touch to discuss :)

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£680
Up to 2 hours£750
Up to 3 hours£800

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Daniel F, 2 years ago

…experience the Bloomsbury’s alluring sound… I instantly felt I had a genuine creative connection with the quartet, who are already such sensitive and responsive musicians despite being a relatively new group. During the recording session with the Bloomsburys, I noticed their acute ability to shift effortlessly between discrete stylistic temperaments with a pervading fresh and adventurous attitude.

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Andrew P, 2 years ago

Thank you again for playing so beautifully - your superlative playing helped create a wonderful atmosphere for our reception

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