Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the
future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities
Diversity and the British String Quartet Symposium Programme:
DAY 1: Monday 14th June, 10am-9pm
On the opening day of the symposium, we begin by exploring with international experts the contributions of women, politically-engaged composers, and émigrés to the history of the British string quartet. We will then hear from Beethoven and string quartet expert Prof Laura Tunbridge on the history of performing quartets working in UK universities. In the evening, the Villiers Quartet present a varied programme of two world premieres and two little-heard historical quartets, by the pioneering British woman composer Ethel Smyth, and the communist Alan Bush. The day will conclude with the first of two concerts featuring string quartets composed by 14-18 year olds from schools around the UK, who have participated in a coaching programme run by the project.
10.30am-1.00pm: Case studies in the ‘British’ String Quartet: women, politics, émigrés
Chair: Associate Professor Paul Watt (University of Adelaide)
Speakers: Dr Leah Broad (University of Oxford, Dr Amanda Harris (University of Sydney), Dr Florian Scheding (University of Bristol).
On the opening day of the symposium, we begin by exploring with international experts the contributions of women, politically-engaged composers, and émigrés to the history of the British string quartet.
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2.30pm-4pm: Keynote lecture: ‘The string quartet takes residence: class, community, curricula'
Chair: Dr Wiebke Thormählen (Royal College of Music)
Speaker: Professor Laura Tunbridge (University of Oxford)
5.30pm-6.00pm: Short Quartets concert 1
Watch the livestream here.
7.00pm-8.00pm: Concert I: "Not Getting Out" | Villiers Quartet Concert
Livestreamed concert live from the JdP Music Building
Florence Anna Maunders - Not Getting Out *From Home world premiere
Ethel Smyth, Quartet in E minor (1912)
Philip Herbert - Sollicitudo *From Home world premiere
Alan Bush - Dialectic (1929)
Performing live at the JdP Music Building, the Villiers Quartet give the world premieres by Florence Anna Maunders and Philip Herbert from their From Home Commissions. They also play the only string quartet written by suffragette Dame Ethel Smyth, and Alan Bush’s dramatic Dialectic for String Quartet.