The first concert in the New Year organised by the Andover Music Club featured the Bingham String Quartet, who played music by Haydn,Tippett, Schubert and Mendelssohn.
"They played to a capacity audience, who enjoyed the mix of the old and the new in the programme. They introduced each piece with humour and originality, and it was interesting to hear that they met Michael Tippett when they were playing in East Anglia. The good attendance at these concerts shows that there is an undiminished appetite in Andover for good quality live music."
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Bingham String Quartet
Stephen Bingham - violin
Anna Bradley - violin
Brenda Stewart -~ viola
James Halsey -~ cello
The Bingham String Quartet has gained an international reputation for its interpretation of the classical repertoire and fresh and exciting approach to new music. It has toured extensively in the United Kingdom and also performed in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Regular appearances in London include concerts at the Purcell Room and St Martin in the Fields.
The Quartet's education activities include a residency at Radley College, Abingdon, now in its fifth year, and a busy programme of visits to schools and music centres throughout Britain. It also nins annual chamber music courses in Shrewsbuiy, East Anglia and at Little Benslow Hills, Hitchin.
The quartet has a number of highly successful partnerships with other musicians including clarinettist David Campbell with whom it has made a fine recording of the Brahms and Mozart clarinet quintets.The quartet also performs regularly with pianist Nigel Clayton and cellist Sebastian Millett. With guitarist Jason Carter, the ensemble has recorded a disc of Boccherini guitar quintets.
Amongst the Bingham String Quartet's notable recordings are the middle period quartets of Elizabeth Maconchy, a quartet by John Lambert, a CD of the quartet's owncommissions from young British composers and a musical version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" for narrator and string quartet by Richard Allain, narrated by Richard Stilgoe, proceeds from which are being donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. The quartet is to be heard regularly on BBC Radio 3.
Further information about the quartet,, including sound clips from its recordings, is available on its website at: www.binghamquartet.net