The Mavron Quartet was formed in September 2002 and is the first Ensemble in Residence at the National Concert Hall of Wales, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, having been appointed in 2010. The Quartet has also enjoyed residency, since 2005, at the Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff. In 2004 the Quartet members were appointed Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and since 2003, worked for the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. The Quartet is also an alumni of Live Music Now. In 2014, the Mavron Quartet performed at the Lower Machen Festival, premiering Mervyn Burtch’s String Quartet No. 7 and performing Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Michael Collins at the Riverfront, Newport. In 2012, the Quartet was Young Artists in Residence at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. This included performances of Glass String Quartets and a newly commissioned work by Tom Green. Also in 2012, the Mavrons performed at the Monmouth Festival, which involved premiering ‘footsteps in the shadow’ by Peter Reynolds. As well as its public performances, the Quartet has appeared at the Senedd, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the private London residence of the American Ambassador to the UK, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Guests at these performances have included HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, current and former Prime Ministers, and Welsh Ministers. With funding support from various organisations, the Mavron Quartet has commissioned and performed a number of collaborative pieces – collaboration being a strong ethos of the Quartet. Currently the Quartet is collaborating with composer Tom Green on The World’s Wife project, based on a set of poems by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. A Research and Development grant was awarded from the Arts Council of Wales in 2014 and with the help of a successful KickStarter Campaign, a work in progress performance was held in St David’s Hall in November 2014. A Wailing on the Wind, a storytelling collaboration with Liz Weir and composer Ian Stephens, was nominated for an Outstanding Multi-Arts Performance award from the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence in 2013. Performances took place in 2012-2013 across the UK of A Wailing on the Wind alongside performances of commissioned works by Welsh composers Rhian Samuel, Gareth Wood and Gareth Churchill. These performances marked the Mavron Quartet’s tenth anniversary in 2012, for which the quartet was awarded funding from the Arts Council of Wales, Tŷ Cerdd, the PRS for Music Foundation, the Fidelio Charitable Trust and the RVW Trust. In 2011 the Mavrons performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet with Llŷr Williams which celebrated twenty years of Live Music Now in Wales. Session work sees the Quartet perform with a variety of artists. The Quartet recorded on The Gentle Good albums Tethered for the Storm, Y Bardd Anfarwol, (National Eisteddfod Welsh Album of the Year 2014) Cian Ciarán’s album Outside In, Gildas’ album Sgwnnu Stori, Sweet Baboo’s EP Motorhome Songs and has performed live with The Gentle Good at festivals including Glastonbury, Greenman, Brecon Jazz and Latitude. The Mavron Quartet undertakes educational and outreach work for St David’s Hall, the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust and various sponsors.
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