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    Arditti Quartet

    Sat 2 Apr, 2pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    £15 ⁠–⁠ £25
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    Arditti Quartet

    The Arditti Quartet, champions of contemporary chamber music for over 40 years, perform UK premieres from Betsy Jolas, Tansy Davies and Christian Mason.

    Founded in 1974 with a mission to champion and enrich contemporary chamber music, the Arditti Quartet performs works written especially for them in this concert.

    Three UK premieres, including two Southbank Centre co-commissions, are at the centre.

    Aged 95, Betsy Jolas has been praised by The Times for her ‘sly sense of humour with a musical style to match’.

    Her latest quartet takes wing alongside a new commission from Tansy Davies, whose celebrated opera Between Worlds movingly imagined the last hours of those who lost their lives in 9/11.

    Christian Mason, winner of the 2015 Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Composer Prize, has written a new quartet for the Ardittis, his works described as ‘astonishingly inventive and powerful, generating a searing, hypnotic intensity’ by The Strad.

    Finally, Clara Maida’s …das spinnt… is ‘a spidery, dense and elastic work whose ‘filaments never stop intertwining’ in a hypnotic spiral of kinetic energy’, says Bachtrack.

    • Arditti String Quartet
    • Christian Mason: This present moment used to be the unimaginable future (UK premiere)
    • Clara Maïda: ... das spinnt for amplified string quartet
    • Interval
    • Betsy Jolas: String Quartet No.8 (Topeng) (UK premiere)
    • Tansy Davies: Nightingales: Ultra-Deep Field (UK premiere)

    Dates & times

    Sat 2 Apr, 2pm
    Approximate run time: 90 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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