Coull Quartet to perform on 21st September at Packington in support of children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent Logo UK P CMYK HIThe internationally renowned Coull Quartet are to perform works by Brahms and Ravel on Thursday 21st September, 2017 in support of the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent at the 4th in a series of annual charity musical evenings organised by the Worsted Weavers Guild.

The performance will be in St James’ Church on the Packington Estate in Warwickshire (~ 20 minutes north of Kenilworth), by generous permission of Lord and Lady Aylesford. Packington Hall and its Pompeiian Room, the Capability Brown designed grounds and the Diocletian-era inspired church are not normally open to the public.

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More about St James’ Church, the Pompeiian Room and Capability Brown.

The performance will be followed by a reception on the Packington Hall Terrace with wine/soft drinks and canapés. Tickets for the concert and the reception are £35 per person.

Map of Packington Hall


7:00 pm: Coull Quartet Performance – St James’ Church, Packington Estate

Brahms:   Quartet in B flat Op. 67

Ravel:  Quartet in F

8:10 pm   Reception – Pompeiian Room at Packington Hall

9:15 pm Close

Roger Coull violin | Philip Gallaway violin | Jonathan Barritt viola | Nicholas Roberts cello

The Coull Quartet was formed in 1974 by students at the Royal Academy of Music, under the guidance of the renowned quartet leader Sidney Griller. They rapidly achieved national recognition, and were appointed Quartet-in-Residence by the University of Warwick in 1977, a post which they still hold today. The Quartet, which includes two of its founder members, has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, and has made many tours of Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, China, India and the Far East.

Since the mid-1980s the Coull Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire closest to their hearts, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert quartets to 20th century and contemporary British chamber music. Their CD of quartets by Maw and Britten on the Somm label has received universal acclaim; in addition to being featured in ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Gramophone, it was also described as the ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music Magazine. Their recordings of music by Sibelius and Ian Venables have also received excellent reviews in the major musical publications.

An impressive and unusual list of commissions includes works by Sally Beamish, Edward Cowie, Joe Cutler, David Matthews, Nicholas Maw, Robert Simpson and Howard Skempton. These include string quartets, quintets with piano or wind instrument, works with solo voice or choir, and even a piece for quartet and table tennis players.

The rare combination of maturity and freshness which characterises the Quartet’s performances is often singled out by reviewers:

“Here the playing is so brimful with enthusiasm and commitment, and at the same time so infused with the accumulated wisdom of three decades, that the music simply reinvents itself as it should”. (The Strad)

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