7:30pm - 9:30pm
Thursday 30 May 2019
For this concert, the Cirrus Quartet will be joined by pianist Mike Stanley in a performance of Elgar’s Piano Quintet, which was written in 1919. It is a richly nostalgic work, written in the aftermath of the carnage of the Great War.
On either side of the Elgar, the Cirrus Quartet will perform the two quartets of Leos Janacek, both dating from the 1920s. These are trailblazing works, inspired by the composer’s love for a younger woman, to whom he poured out his feelings in a long series of letters, hence the title of the Second Quartet, Intimate letters.
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" Artists of real distinction ".....................................................Belfast Telegraph
" A spellbinding performance of style and elan "......................Musical Opinion
"A beautiful, lively performance, full of atmosphere"……........Roskilde, Denmark
Formed in 1992 under the artistic direction of cellist David Burrowes, Cirrus, is a flexibly sized group which performs in a variety of combinations. The players are all leading solo and chamber music performers based in London. The core of the group is made up of the string quartet, but Cirrus also performs regularly with a number of top woodwind players, pianists and virtuoso guitarist Richard Durrant.
The group has released a number of CDs, one of string quartets by Grieg and Sibelius, 2 CDs featuring Richard Durrant, a CD entitled Rolling Stones Unplugged, and a disc of music for wind and strings by Mozart. The most recent CD is a disc of String Sextets. Cirrus has performed at the Wigmore Hall, been recorded by BBC radio and appeared on TV.
Martin Smith (Violin )
Martin Smith was a scholarship winner at the Royal Academy of Music. For some years he was a member of the Duke String Quartet, and he has also appeared with the Allegri and Bridge Quartets As an orchestral player Martin plays with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, of which he has been a member for many years. He also leads New London Sinfonia and Orchestra Nova, and has appeared as guest leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Martin is also active as a conductor. He has appeared with the London Mozart Players, and has led orchestral workshops for them and for ESTA. He has been conductor and artistic director of Enfield Chamber Orchestra since 2008, and of the Richmond Orchestra since 2016, and has also worked with various other orchestras in the south of England. Martin plays on a violin made by Domenico Busan in Venice c.1770
Suzanne Loze (Violin)
Suzanne Loze's early violin studies were with her grandfather, before going on to study with Erika Klemperer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1988 she joined the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and became co-principal second violin until the orchestra's demise in 1999. Since then she has freelanced with most of the London orchestras including the RPO, Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, CLS, ENO and Britten Sinfonia of which she is a member. She appears as guest principal second violin leader with the CBSO.
Suzanne's career also includes playing much chamber music and teaching. She has been leader of the Essex Chamber Orchestra since 2006 and was soloist in the Beethoven violin concerto in 2013. Suzanne’s violin is a very fine copy of a Gagliano by George Wulme Hudson, Walthamstow, c.1930. Her grandfather bought it from the maker.
Morgan Goff (Viola)
Morgan Goff works extensively as a session, chamber and solo violist alongside his freelance career in the West End. He was the violist of the Kreutzer Quartet for ten years. He has performed and recorded with numerous chamber ensembles in London, including the Locrian Ensemble, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, the Fiorini Trio, the English Piano Trio, Aurora Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. Record labels he has recorded for as soloist and chamber musician include Hyperion, Meridian, Naxos NMC, Toccata Classics, Metier, Guild, Dutton Epoch, BMS and ABC classics.
Morgan has also recorded for many Hollywood films, video games and pop music. He has performed and recorded a large number of English works for viola and piano with Raphael Terroni. His instrument is a Daniel Parker viola, London, 1715.
David Burrowes (Cello)
Born in Dublin, David Burrowes sang as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. Later, he was a choral scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read music. He has played as guest principal cellist with the London Mozart Players and City of London Sinfonia, as well as performing extensively with the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. He was Principal Cello of English Classical Players from 1991-2011. He has held the post of Principal Cello in the London production of Phantom of the Opera since 1998
He is cellist and Artistic Director of Cirrus, and as a member of Primavera, he has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Q.E.H., and Purcell Room. He has appeared on a considerable number of chamber CDs with both groups. Amongst his teaching posts, David holds the post of Associate Lecturer in Cello at the University of Surrey and since 2010 he has been the Director of Pro Corda’s annual Cello Course. David plays on a cello made by Thomas Kennedy in London in 1801.