Intimate recitals offer world class chamber music

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Brighton Dome in association with Strings Attached launches its new Coffee Concert Season 2014-15, a series of monthly performances featuring world-class chamber music.

Spokesman Chris Challis said: “Bringing a national and international mix of emerging talent, established artists and award-winning musicians to the south coast, the intimate nature of these recitals – often performed in the round – offer audiences a sociable and enriching experience.”

Chris added: “Having made their debut at the Haydn Chamber Music Festival, The Borromini Quartet (October 26) have become known for programming lesser-known quartets alongside those of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven; seeking to challenge the reputation and aesthetic worth of the different composers and their music during the Classical era.

“Having developed a passion for the underplayed and – in some cases – the completely un-played quartets of Luigi Boccherini, the quartet have also been exploring the works of Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, whose String Quartet in F major Op. 64/1 will feature in this special Brighton date as part of the Brighton Early Music Festival.

“Breathing new life into classical chamber music by arranging it themselves to fit their own unique reed quintet line up of oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon, Calefax (November 16) have had approximately 200 original works written especially for them by composers from all over the world.

“The group publishes sheet music of their own arrangements for reed quintet under the name Calefax Edition, playing a pioneering role that has put this new genre on the map.

“New reed quintets are springing up all over the world following Calefax’s example; from Argentine to New Zealand.

“Offering master classes and workshops at conservatories and universities, Calefax are also renowned for passing their specific methods and musical experience on to the next generation and celebrated fellow musicians from the classical music, jazz and world music scene, as well as with artists from other disciplines including choreographers and animators.

“Winner of first prize and several other awards at the International Music Competition of the ARD in 2008, the Apollon Musagète Quartet (December 14) have become a frequent feature of the European musical scene, captivating public and press alike with their thrilling performances.

“Over the last few years, The Heath Quartet (January 18) has emerged as an exciting and original voice on the international chamber music scene. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, they were selected for representation by YCAT in 2008, going onto win first prize at the Tromp International Competition in Eindhoven. In 2011 they were awarded a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in the same year undertook complete Beethoven Quartet cycles at the Fàcyl Festival in Salamanca Spain and at Greyfriars Church in Edinburgh.”