Northern Summer Showcases

05 May 2016 / News

We’ll soon be heading off on our annual mid-year tour to the UK and North America, with performances this year at seven different summer events in England, America and Canada. Although it will feel strange to be touring for the first time without Doug, we’re very much looking forward to introducing our new second violinist, Monique Lapins, to our musical colleagues around the world.

Our first appearance will be at the Salisbury International Arts Festival which has a New Zealand theme running through the festival this year. We’ll be joining a contingent of New Zealand artists “spanning every art form”, as Festival Director Toby Smith notes. We’ll be keeping company with the Modern Maori Quartet, writer Witi Ihimaera, bass Jonathan Lemalu, violinist Ben Baker and a host of other kiwi performers. A week later we’re off to Bedfordshire where we’ll perform in the lovely environs of The Barn in Carlton.

From there, we cross the Atlantic to Ithaca College on the shores of Cayuga Lake, in New York State, to perform at their annual Suzuki Institute concert for students and teachers. The Institute presents concerts with visiting artists to ‘lend the instructional programme the atmosphere of a music festival’. We’re looking forward to contributing to this inspirational programme and will be teaming up with violist Maria Lambros to perform the two Brahms Viola Quintets, Op 88 and 111.

Next on the itinerary is the Wildflower Festival, with a history of more than 30 years of concerts in the natural amphitheatre of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, Pennsylvania.  That’s followed soon after by a return performance for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society in Ontario, Canada.

Concerts at Prairie Pines farm in Wichita are held in a large, impressive log cabin – surprisingly good for chamber music! Chamber Music at the Barn celebrates its 20th season this year, so we’re thrilled to be part of their special anniversary season. For this concert, we’ll be joined by another guest violist, Catherine Consiglio, for Brahms’s Quintet op 88.

We wrap up our northern festivals tour with a return visit to the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario, where the artistic director is clarinettist James Campbell, our great friend who toured with us in New Zealand in 2014.  This festival is a three-week, packed-to-the-gills celebration of music with concerts, lectures and masterclasses every day.  We’ll be playing together as a quartet, in groups with other musicians, and as soloists in a range of wonderful music, from Beethoven to New Zealand's Gillian Whitehead.

You’ll find details of our performances on the Upcoming Events page of our website. If you happen to be in the same place at the same time as us, we’d love to see you!

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