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Villiers String Quartet

Villiers String Quartet

Genre: Classical

Based in the UK

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About Villiers String Quartet

Quartet-in-Residence at Oxford University

The Villiers Quartet is one of the most charismatic and "adventurous" quartets of the British chamber music scene (The Strad). Nothing is outside of the VQ's repertoire as they define the string quartet for the 21st century. They have developed a reputation as exceptional interpreters of English composers including Elgar, Britten and Delius. Having toured across the UK and internationally, they have been declared "one of the best young quartets around today" (Jerry Horner, Fine Arts Quartet), and their recording of quartets by Robert Still for Naxos was hailed as "splendidly performed." (The Sunday Times)

They have been a featured quartet in numerous festivals including the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, the Brit Jazz Fest, the Barnes Music Festival, and the British Music Society. Known for championing the works of British composers, the VQ has been invited to present masterclasses on British music at Dartmouth College, Syracuse University, Goshen College, and the University of Nottingham. They are Quartet-in-Association with the Southern Sinfonia. Their internationally acclaimed VQ New Works Competition encourages audiences to interact with contemporary music performance online, and supports the creation of new works for string quartet.

Named after Villiers Street in London's colourful musical epicentre, the Villiers Quartet encompasses the grand and iconic spirit of the extraordinary music tradition in London. Their debut CD for Naxos, The Complete Quartets of Robert Still, was praised for their "sublimely articulate and concentrated readings," (Gramophone). They were the featured quartet on the soundtrack for the BBC One television drama, 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' with music by Carly Paradis.



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