2016-17 Concert Season Launch

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The Edinburgh Quartet is thrilled to announce its 2016-17 concert season, with over 30 concerts taking place from October to May. In this new season, Scotland’s flagship string quartet will present three bold new performance projects: EQ: Folk; EQ: Revolution! And EQ: dance. Each project will explore a distinct theme through exciting creative collaborations.

EQ: Folk

In the autumn the ensemble will highlight composers whose work has been inspired by folk music spanning two centuries from Beethoven to the present day: Kodály’s String Quartet takes Hungarian folk music as its starting point, Beethoven borrows from Russia; and Alasdair Nicolson’s String Quartet, written for the Edinburgh Quartet, was directly influenced by Gaelic folksong. Alasdair Nicholson and Mairi Campbell will share their perspectives on traditional music in collaboration with the EQ in this illuminating project.

EQ: Revolution!

To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution the Edinburgh Quartet presents a programme which acknowledges the direct impact of Russian politics on Shostakovich, but also looks at Mozart’s quartet writing at the time of the French Revolution. Beethoven’s String Quartet Op 59 No 3 still shocks listeners today with its daring revolutionary spirit.

EQ: Dance

The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland bring this project to life in a vivid collaboration with the EQ which sees Scotland’s most talented young dancers present new choreography to the string quartet music of James MacMillan, Helen Grime and Tom Harrold.

For their evening programme the Quartet kick-off with Haydn’s String Quartet Op 77 No 2, where there is a barnstorming Polonaise in the last movement, followed by Tippett’s second String Quartet with its edgy, obsessive toe-tapping rhythms. The concert is rounded off by the completion of EQ’s ‘Rasumovsky’ cycle with Beethoven’s String Quartet Op 59 No 1.

The Edinburgh Quartet will be playing concerts countrywide: from the popular Rush-Hour series in Edinburgh; to the Sound Festival in Aberdeen; there’s a concert for everyone to enjoy.

Concert times and booking information can be found here with updates coming through the season.

For more information, interviews and photos, please contact Julie Farrell by email at juliefarrell16@gmail.com.

EQ: Folk, EQ; Revolution and EQ: Dance are supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.