Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

Castalian String Quartet (March)

Tickets £15

Haydn - String Quartet No.4 in D major, Op.20
Charlotte Bray - Ungrievable Lives (2021)
Beethoven - String Quartet No.13 in Bb major, Op.130, with Grosse Fugue

This concert will feature an accompanying exhibition of Caroline Burraway's installation Ungrievable Lives, the inspiration for Charlotte Bray's first composition for string quartet.

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm with composer Charlotte Bray, artist Caroline Burraway, and Associate Professor of Oxford's Refugees Studies Centre Dr. Tom Scott-Smith.

(Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a programme change, and the quartet will no longer be performing Bartok's String Quartet no. 5. Apologise for any inconvenience caused.)

The Castalian String Quartet is taking the international chamber music scene by storm. Gaining renown for interpretations “full of poetry, joy and sorrow, realised to such perfection” (The Observer), they have recently been chosen as Faculty of Music's first quartet for the Hans Keller String Quartet Residency. They return to Oxford in February to perform works by Haydn, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, and Benjamin Britten’s second string quartet.

Formed in 2011, the quartet studied with Oliver Wille at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover, before being selected by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2016. They were awarded First Prize at the 2015 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition and in 2018 were recipients of the inaugural Merito String Quartet Award and Valentin Erben Prize, and a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. The ensemble was named Young Artist of the Year at the 2019 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

This concert forms part of the Hans Keller String Quartet Residency at the Oxford University Faculty of Music. The Faculty are grateful for the generosity of The Cosman Keller Art & Music Trust for their donation to the Castalian String Quartet to support this concert.

To find out more about this residency and other performances, please visit Faculty of Music's residency page.

There will be a handful of free tickets available on the door for under 21s and staff and students of the Faculty of Music. For more information, please contact events@music.ox.ac.uk

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