Celebrating Benjamin Britten

The Edinburgh Quartet is taking part in the celebrations of the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth during this season with several performances of the composer’s works. Throughout the year the Quartet will perform all three of Britten’s String Quartets at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, as well as his Divertimenti. They will also be featuring these works at other venues, including the various universities where the Quartet appears regularly.

Their performance of String Quartet No 2 at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on 3 October 2012 was described by The Scotsman critic, David Kettle, as follows:

“The highlight of the evening, though, was the Britten Second Quartet, the first of the Edinburgh foursome’s tribute to the composer in his centenary year. It was a searching, sharply etched performance from the perfumed lyricism of the first movement through to the inexorable repetitions of the closing Chacony, over which the ghost of Henry Purcell hovered benignly. By the piece’s grand and sonorous concluding chords, the players had ensured that their performance would live long in the memory.”