Dubbed 'future stars of British Chamber Music' (Eaton Square), the Halcyon Quartet is a prizewinning quartet studying at the Royal Academy.
Formed in September 2012 by four musicians at the Royal Academy of Music, the prize-winning Halcyon Quartet has quickly established itself as a passionate, engaging and dedicated ensemble. Currently under the tutelage of Jon Thorne they are in their fourth year on the Academy’s prestigious Davey Posnanski Quartet Scheme. In addition to this they have worked with a number of distinguished musicians and groups including Levon Chilingirian, Sylvia Rosenberg, György Pauk, Garfield Jackson, Richard Ireland and the Doric, Heath, Escher, Skampa, Chilingirian, Fine Arts, RTÉ Vanbrugh and Wihan Quartets. The past year has seen the Halcyons perform many high profile concerts including performances alongside Alison Balsom at Dartington International Music Festival, Schumann’s Piano Quintet for the Royal Academy of Music’s ‘Leipzig’ Series and as part of the British Museum’s ‘Landscapes of the Mind’ Series. Recently, they were awarded the 2016/17 St. Peter’s Prize and have also won the Sir Arthur Bliss and Harold Craxton Prizes. Previous engagements have included recitals at St. Peter’s Church Eaton Square, Colston Hall, Magdalene College, Cambridge, the Tessa Fuchs Recital Series at the Halesworth Arts Festival and performances at Regent Hall, The Castle- Wellingborough, and at the Royal Academy of Music as part of the Mozart, 400+ and Lunchtime Concert Series. The quartet also represented the Academy at the Richard Carne Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition in 2015. In July 2015, the Halcyons made their debut on BBC Radio 3 performing as part of the BBC Proms Composer’s Portrait featuring Hugh Wood and, more recently, at Wigmore Hall, as part of the ‘For Crying Out Loud’ Series. The Halcyons look forward to their role this summer as String Quartet in Residence at the Broadstone Music Series Summer School. In addition to this, future engagements include recitals for the Korean Embassy, Eaton Square Chamber Music Series and the Bermuda Festival for the Performing Arts as well as performances in Dorset and the Brooks’ Club, London.
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