We received a lovely review from Richard Bratby for Artsdesk for a recent concert in Birmingham Town Hall -
Having played with superb refinement in the vocal works, the Albions delivered Maconchy’s taut single-movement quartet with a lyricism and verve that bordered on the insouciant. But why shouldn’t a work as knotty as this (think Bartók meets Walton) sound beautiful? The four players moved together, thought together, and – taking their lead from Waley-Cohen’s lightly worn virtuosity and gloriously smoky sound – locked onto Maconchy’s overcast textures and rhythmic impulse with an ease that made it all feel inevitable. And over far too quickly, too: though if there’s one thing that this concert proved, it’s that the Albion Quartet sees chamber music as something infinitely more interesting than an end in itself.
We are thrilled to announce that Ann Beilby has joined us! We will be adding more new photos in the coming days, but for now - here’s to a long future of joyful music making together!
Great Review in Neue Westfalische
We received a lovely review from a recent concert in Corvey, Germany ;
Breathless silence was followed by enthusiastic applause and loud bravos – the audience in the Kaisersaal of Schloss Corvey applauded frenetically after a stunning performance of Dvorak’s Slavonic string quartet by the British Albion Quartet, which brought the festival to a close.
Burkhard Battran, Neue Westfälische, September 2018
5 Star review in the Times for Ryedale Festival
"Bucketfuls of energy, team work, and ideas" from Richard Morrison for our Beethoven Harp quartet.
Debut in Amsterdam and first recordings!
Another busy month for the Albions!
They made their debut at the Concertgebouw, which was broadcast live on Dutch Radio. You can hear the podcast here:
The next day they flew to Prague to record Richard Blackford's Kalon with the Czech Philharmonic and Jiří Rožeň.
Then they came back to England to record the first of their Dvořák discs for Signum Records.
Debut in Paris and Snape Maltings Residency
The Albions stepped in at the eleventh hour to perform at the lunchtime series of the Auditorium du Louvre in the middle of their Snape Maltings Residency. The quartet played Dvořák's American Quartet and Schubert's Rosamunde at this unexpected Paris debut! (The same programme they had played at Jubliee Hall in Aldeburgh and the Assembly House in Norwich the week before.) They then dashed back to give the first performance of the Easter Weekend at Orford Church the following day.
Kings Place Residency
The quartet is very much looking forward to the second concert of their Kings Place Residency on Sunday 25th February, 6.30pm, in Hall One. Their programme focuses on pieces inspired by hymns. Tickets are available online here:
Latest Interviews and Belgian debut
The Albions were interviewed on Klassiek Centraal and Demandez le programme ahead of their performance at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium. You can read and listen to the interviews here:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The Albions have much to look forward to this year, including their first concerts in Belgium (Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth),The Netherlands (Het Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal), Sweden (Båstad Chamber Music Festival), and Germany (for Martin Randall Travel). Closer to home you can catch them performing at some wonderful festivals, such as Harrogate Music Festival, Hay Festival, Ryedale Music Festival, and the Stratford Festival of Words and Music. After a residency at Snape Maltings they'll be recording for Signum records, and recording with the Czech Philharmonic.
The Albions have had an exciting start to their 2017-2018 season, which has seen the start of these two residencies. They look forward to their next concerts for LCMS at Kings Place and at the RWCM&D. They very much enjoyed working with the enthusiastic and engaged students at RWCM&D and can't wait for their next visit!
19th-22nd August 2017
Chateau de Sainte-Mère, Gascony
The Albion quartet will be playing a series of concerts with a wide variety of wonderful music in this tenth anniversary Festival of Sainte-Mère. It’s about an hour’s drive from Toulouse airport.
Watch the Albions at TEDxLondon
The Albions played at Sadler's Wells as part of Tamsin's TEDxLondon talk 'Reading the score like a book.'