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The Fitzwilliam at Hay 2019: The Fitzwilliam String Quartet with pianist, Anna Tilbrook
Friday 27th September 2019, 7pm
The Fitzwilliam at Hay 2019: The Fitzwilliam String Quartet with pianist, Anna Tilbrook

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet with pianist, Anna Tilbrook

Schubert "Sehnsucht" D.636
Roderick Williams "Fremd bin ich" composed 2019 - Welsh Premiere
Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op 44
Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor, Op 84

Note: This event takes place at St. Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye.
Tickets sold by Richard Booth's Bookshop on behalf of The Black Mountains Chamber Music Trust.

PRE-CONCERT STUDY SESSION at 3.30pm - St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye:

Richard Wigmore Study Session with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and Anna Tilbrook
Discussing Schumann & Elgar Piano Quintets

Ticket price on the door £15. Please note that this is a separate event and tickets for this study session will only be available on the door. This event is not included in the ticket price for the evening concert.

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet
is now one of the longest established string quartets in the world: founded in 1968 by four Cambridge undergraduates, the group quickly achieved international recognition as a result of its members’ personal friendship with Dmitri Shostakovich and their subsequent championing of his string quartets following his death. He entrusted them with the Western premières of the last three, and before long they had become the first ever group to perform and record all fifteen. These discs, which gained many international awards, secured for them a worldwide concert schedule and a long term recording contract with Decca. Whilst the FSQ’s pre-eminence in the interpretation of these works has persisted, the authority gained has also been put at the service of diverse other composers, from the late 17th century to the present day. It remains one of the few prominent quartets to play on historical instrument set-ups, but has simultaneously brought about the addition of over 50 new works to the repertoire. Its involvement in 2013 with celebrating Britten's anniversary, and before that the chamber works of Delius and Grainger, are but two recent manifestations of the players’ enthusiasm for using anniversaries to promote less familiar music – following Vaughan Williams in 2008: thus it would appear that England is gradually taking its place alongside Russia and Vienna as a principal area of speciality, while in 2015 they looked further north, to honour the joint 150th birthdays of Glazunov, Sibelius and Carl Nielsen.

Anna Tilbrook
is one of Britain’s most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. She made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at Europe’s major concert halls and festivals, as well as coaching regularly for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Anna has collaborated with many leading singers and instrumentalists including James Gilchrist, Lucy Crowe, Sarah Tynan, Emma Bell, Barbara Hannigan, Willard White, Mark Padmore, Stephan Loges, Chris Maltman, Ian Bostridge, Barbara Bonney, Victoria Simmonds, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Natalie Clein, Nick Daniel, Adrian Brendel and Jack Liebeck. For Welsh National Opera she has accompanied Angela Gheorghiu, Jose Carreras and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts. Anna is also in demand as a repetiteur, continuo player and vocal coach, working for companies including the Royal Opera, Royal Ballet, Aldeburgh Festival and the LSO and conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Vasily Petrenko, Harry Christophers and Edward Gardner. For the 2006 Buxton Festival she made her conducting debut, directing Telemann’s Pimpinone from the harpsichord.

Born in Hertfordshire, Anna studied music at York University and at the Royal Academy of Music with Julius Drake, where she was awarded a Fellowship and in 2009 became an Associate. She also won many major international accompaniment prizes including the AESS Bluthner prize and the award for an outstanding woman musician from the ROSL.


Price: £15.00