Penninghame, St Johns Church, Newton Stewart – 3:00pm
programme includes music by Schubert, Alison Kruusma, Janacek
Violin Emma Purslow
Violin Marike Kruup
Viola Joseph Fisher
Cello Jobine Siekman
The Alkyona Quartet present fresh imaginative interpretations of both well-known and hidden gems of the string quartet repertoire. They are well known for their warm connection to audiences and vivacious performances, and are ‘as vibrant and memorable as their ‘Kingfisher’ namesake’.They are Tunnell Trust Award Holders 2020/21 and Making Music Selected Artists 2020-2021, and have performed in many leading UK venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall. They were New Generation Artists at the Stift International Music Festival 2019 and residents at Music at Brel the same year, as well as being featured at the Lake District Summer Music Festival 2020, and performing the closing concert for the Huygens Festival 2020 which was broadcast live on Dutch TV channel Midvliet. The recently performed at the Koroni Festival in Greece, and are the debut performers for Project String Quartet, an exciting initiative which sees professional quartets share their love of chamber music in schools up and done the country.
The quartet love collaborations across the arts and are currently Musicians in Residence at Leighton House Museum where they have been running events, concerts and salons both online and in person. They work regularly with NWLive, a charity that brings together professional performance with community arts. The Alkyona Quartet released their debut album, ‘Intimate Letters’ in June 2020 in collaboration with Cegin Productions, which is available on all major streaming platforms.
As a quartet they especially enjoy cross-collaborative projects, working with film makers, Tabla player Kuljit Bhamra MBE, actress Saskia Reeves, percussionist Adriano Adewale, composer Caroline Heslop and actor William Marquez. The quartet is mentored by Marc Danel of the Danel Quartet in Holland as part of the National String Quartet Academy, Christof Richter as part of ChamberStudio London, and took part in the European Chamber Music Academy 2020.
The quartet is grateful for sponsorship for their studies and projects to the RCM Director’s Fund; The Tunnell Trust; the Harrison Frank Foundation for the loan of Emma’s violin and the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation for the loan of Jobine’s C.18th Lefebvre cello.
This concert is kindly sponsored by the ‘Tunnell Trust’