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Bloomsbury Quartet

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String quartet
London
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In Autumn 2017, as postgraduate students at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), Eva de Vries (violin) and Felicity Smith (cello) met during a Chamber Music Speed Dating session. Instead of the usual first-date awkwardness, they both realised they finally found the person they were looking for…except they now needed two more people to form a quartet. Enter fellow postgraduates Rachel Maxey (viola) and Janell Yeo (violin) a month later, and the Bloomsbury Quartet was finally born! Prior to its formation, members of the Bloomsbury Quartet already enjoyed success as soloists, winning prizes in regional, national and international competitions in the Netherlands, Singapore and the UK. Keen on ensemble music-making, they also played with the Britten Sinfonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Metropole Orchestra, and took part in the CBSO String Training, Oxford Philharmonic Apprenticeship and Birmingham Royal Ballet Apprenticeship Schemes. Their talent, dedication to music-making and sharing music with others also received recognition and support through the Marylebone Student Award, Howard Davis Scholarship, Music & Dance Scheme, Guildhall School Trust Scholarship, the HSBC Youth Excellence Award, and the Diana Award. Eva, Janell, Rachel and Felicity are all passionate about inspiring and developing current and future generations of musicians and music-lovers; they are always looking for ways to engage potential new audiences through Bloomsbury Quartet performances, outreach projects, accessible and alternative concert formats, and social media. As students, the Bloomsbury Quartet have been inspired by coaching from Levon Chilingirian (Chilingirian Quartet), Jon Thorne (Badke Quartet), Hartmut Rohde, the Doric Quartet and Leandro Silvera. They are grateful to have the support of the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Philhamonic Society: Eva’s Giovanni Rota (Cremona 1808) violin and Felicity’s Tibor Semmelweis (London 2016) cello are on loan from the RAM Museum’s collection, and Janell’s Jean-Thibouville-Lamy “Sarasate Virtuose” bow was sponsored by the RPS Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation. Highlights of the 2017/18 season for the Bloomsbury Quartet include performances commemorating the Centenary Anniversary of the First World War at China Exchange in London’s Chinatown and the Petworth Festival. They have also been announced as winners of the 2018 Stroud Green Festival’s Ensemble Scheme, performing at the Winners’ Concert on 7 June.

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Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Covers, Baroque
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Up to 1 hour£680
Up to 2 hours£750
Up to 3 hours£800

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Andrew P, 11 months ago

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

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Clare N, 1 year ago

I’m really excited by the Bloomsbury Quartet and am convinced that they will soon become a name on the classical music circuit. They are forward-thinking with big ideas but also when they play, you get a real sense that they are on a mission to share their love of music with their audiences. Truly a group to watch out for.

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