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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

Programme

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

r CQ_106THE COULL QUARTET
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)

For more information, visit www.coullquartet.com

Programme announced for Coull Quartet evening for children’s cancer charity

The internationally renowned Coull Quartet are to perform works by Hadyn and Debussy on Tuesday 15th September, 2015 in support of the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent at the second in a series of annual charity musical evenings organised by the Worsted Weavers Guild.

The musical performance on 15th September 2015 will be in the Pompeiian Hall on the Packington Estate in Warwickshire (~ 20 minutes north of Kenilworth). Packington Hall is not normally open to the public.

Order tickets for concert and reception

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

Map of Packington Hall

Programme

6.30 pm Packington Hall – arrival

7 pm Coull Quartet – performance in the Pompeiian Hall

Haydn Op. 74 No.2 in F Major

Debussy Quartet Op.10 in G minor

8 pm   Reception

9 pm Close

THE COULL QUARTET
Roger Coull violin Philip Gallaway violin Jonathan Barritt viola Nicholas Roberts cello

‘…the magnificent, seasoned ensemble of the Coull’. (The Strad)

This year the Coull Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary. Formed in 1974 by students at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of 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 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. Their impressive and unusual list of commissions includes works by Sally Beamish, Edward Cowie, Joe Cutler, David Matthews, Nicholas Maw, and Robert Simpson.

These include string quartets, quintets with piano or wind player, 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)

For more information, visit www.coullquartet.com

Coull Quartet concert raises funds for national children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent

On Thursday 15th May, the Coull Quartet performed string quartets by Schubert, Ravel and Borodin in support of the national children’s cancer charity CLIC-Sargent on a warm summer evening in the 12th Century ImageAshow Church – The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady. The concert, which raised over £1200 in support of the charity, was attended by an audience of around 100 and was followed by a reception in the garden of Ashow Village Centre.

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Coventry attended the concert and stayed to meet Amanda Chapple from CLIC Sargent, the musicians, and members of the audience.

The event was organised by the City of Coventry Worsted Weavers Guild for CLIC Sargent – the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. CLIC Sargent provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. CLIC Sargent aims to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment.

Coull Quartet with Amanda Chapple from CLIC Sarjent, Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Coventry, and Donald Singer and Robin Fryer from the Coventry Worsted Weavers Guild

Coull Quartet with Amanda Chapple from CLIC Sarjent, Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Coventry, and Donald Singer and Robin Fryer from the Coventry Worsted Weavers Guild

The National Archives record a Company of Worsted Weavers in Coventry, from circa 1448. The Worsted Weavers Guild now continues in a charitable role and plans future annual charitable events in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. To find out more about future Worsted Weavers events email the Guild at worsted.weavers@gmail.com

Founded in 1974, and Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick since 1977, the CoullcqIMG_9779Quartet has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, the USA and Western Europe, and has also toured China, India, the Far East, South America and Australia. The Coull Quartet – Roger Coull violin, Philip Gallaway violin, Rose Redgrave viola, Nicholas Roberts cello – has appeared at most of the major music societies and festivals in the UK, and gives an annual series of recitals at Warwick Arts Centre, where it is actively involved in the University’s flourishing musical life.

To find out more about how to support CLIC Sargent, see their website for other local and national events, and how to donate directly to the charity.

The Coventry Woolstead Weavers account book

Some interpretive notes by Joanna Innes, Somerville College, Oxford  (June 2009, links checked June 2013)

Joanna.innes@some.ox.ac.uk

As the opening pages of the book explain, the City of Coventry claimed power under its charter to set up what they call companies or fellowships, what we standardly call ‘guilds’. There had been one for silkweavers and worsted weavers, but in 1703 they decided (it’s said) that the mix was having the effect of allowing unskilled people to practice one or another form of weaving as they pleased, which was debasing the quality and reputation of the local product – a very standard concern for the period, and one of the characteristic objects of early industrial regulation. So they decided to split the two companies, to ensure that practitioners are appropriately trained. (London barbers and surgeons split in the mid-eighteenth century for an analogous reason.) The account book gives the company’s accounts year by year (some years are missing), from 1704 through its early years as a trade society, through its transmogrification into a probably partly political dining club, and then into a purely social club; the book was completed in 1983 … more

See more by Joanna Innes on the Coventry Worsted Weavers Account Book

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The history of merchant guilds in Coventry goes back at least to 1267. The original roles of the guilds included providing training for their professions and ensuring the quality of what was produced.

The National Archives record a Company of Worsted Weavers, Coventry, from circa 1448; and a Company and Fellowship of Worsted Weavers and Silk Weavers, City of Coventry, from 1628.

In 1703 the worsted weavers of Coventry, whose trade had then lately improved, were separated from the silk weavers to form their own company as a member of the guilds of the city.

In modern times the Worsted Weavers and other guilds of the city continue in a charitable role.

The Worsted Weavers guild plans a charitable musical evening in the Spring of 2014, in support of children with cancer.

For further information, including on ways to support the evening, email the organisers.