In 2016, four of the UK’s exceptional young string players came together to form the Albion Quartet, rapidly establishing themselves on the international stage. Current engagements include concerts at the Wigmore Hall (London), the Louvre (Paris) and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). The quartet broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 3 and is recording a Dvořák cycle for Signum Records.
Festival performances and residencies over 2017-18 include Båstad Festival (Sweden), Festival of Music in Franconia (Germany), Hay Festival (UK; broadcast live on Radio 3), Honeymead Festival (UK), Rhine Valley Music Festival (Germany), Ryedale Festival (UK), Sainte-Mère Festival (France) and Stratford Festival of Words and Music (UK). Other residencies include the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (Belgium) and Snape Maltings (UK) and a long-term residency for the London Chamber Music Society at Kings Place. They collaborate with a range of artists, including the Czech Philharmonic (for the premiere recording of Richard Blackford’s Kalon), baritone Matthew Rose, and violists Douglas Paterson and Miguel da Silva.
Passionate about education, the quartet holds a residency at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where they regularly give masterclasses and performances in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, and are Quartet-in-Residence at Gresham’s School, where they opened the new Britten Concert Hall in 2017. As a Cavatina Chamber Music Trust ensemble, they also give workshops at primary schools.
The members of the quartet play on a fine collection of instruments, including a Stradivarius and Guarnerius.