Fitzwilliam Quartet

buy Lyrica australia Saturday 17th September 2022 7.30 pm Lucy Russell, violin
Andrew Roberts, violin
Alan George, viola
Heather Tuach, cello

Jessie Montgomery: Strum
Vaughan Williams: Quartet no 2
Schubert: Quartettsatz & Andante C min, D703
Beethoven: Quartet in C sharp op 131

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The Fitzwilliam Quartet was founded in Cambridge in 1968. Now in its 53rd year it is the longest established British string quartet and there can be few others who can boast so long and so active a performing life. They take their name from Fitzwilliam College, their first rehearsal venue. In the 53 years of their existence there have inevitably been personnel changes, but Alan George, viola, a founder member, remains. Lucy Russell, violin, joined in 1988 and has been leader since 1995. Helen Struach, cello, was a member from 2008-2016 and rejoined in  2021.

Their performances and recordings reflect their eclectic and adventurous approach to all they do, ranging over all periods and genres and championing the music of composers not usually associated with chamber music such as Bruckner and Delius. Their long association with Shostakovich began when the composer visited York in 1972. He entrusted them with the premieres of his last three string quartets and the quartet subsequently recorded all fifteen – the first quartet to do so.

The Fitzwilliam Quartet are currently quartet in Residence at Clare College, Cambridge, where their plans include masterclasses, workshops, music coaching and concerts, collectively and individually.

Alan George plays a viola made in Cremona in 1740/41, possibly by Guarneri; Lucy Russell’s violin was made in Naples by Gagliano in 1749.