Edinburgh Quartet to premiere Helen Grime’s first String Quartet

The Edinburgh Quartet will give the world premiere performance of a new string quartet which they commissioned from Scottish composer, Helen Grime, at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on Wednesday 21 May at 7.30pm.

Helen Grime credit Jonathan Wrather

Helen Grime said:

“When I was approached to write a piece for the Edinburgh Quartet I was delighted – I had wanted to write a string quartet for quite some time and was waiting for the right time and opportunity to do so.   The string quartet has one of the richest repertoire and history behind it, so for me, one of the main challenges was letting go of all those associations and approaching it like I would for any other combination.  The piece is in three movements, but they all run together without a break, the material of the new movement overlapping with the end of the previous one.  My music tends to be organic and this is very much true of the quartet.”

The programme will also include Mendelssohn’s Quartet No 1 in E flat Op 12 and Smetana’s Quartet No 1 in e minor “From My Life”.

This commission and first performance were made possible thanks to funding from Creative Scotland, the RVW Trust, the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Hope Scott Trust and the PRS for Music Foundation.

Tickets £15, £12 concessions, £5 children and students (unreserved seating) on sale at The Queen’s Hall Box Office 0131 668 2019