Your concert today was wonderful.
Can’t say any more. The standing ovation said it all.
— Budleigh Music Festival

santiago Quartet represents the continuation of a mission which began in Merida, Mexico in 2005

 

Originally Cuarteto Genesis, the group took the name Santiago Quartet when two of its founding members moved to England after several years with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra.

Whilst working in Mexico, the musicians discovered a repertoire that was rarely or never performed in the United Kingdom. They collaborated with the renowned Yucatecan guitarist Cecilia Perera, and their interest in exploring this music led to performances with the Grammy Award winning Cuarteto Latinoamericáno, and at the 2008 International Chamber Music Festival in Mexico City's Bellas Artes Theatre.
 

Latin Perspective...

Santiago Quartet's first album, Latin Perspective, a collaboration with Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson, received outstanding reviews in Gramophone and Songline Magazine. Performances included Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s as part of Classical Kicks, Guildford International Music Festival, Guildford Spring Music Festival, St. Martin in the Fields, Bolivar Hall, and with the singer-songwriter Ana Silvera at the Purcell Room and live on Radio 3.

After personnel changes which led to a new beginning for the group, the Santiago Quartet, along with founding member, cellist Jonathan Hennessey-Brown, reaffirmed their intention both to bring vibrant performances to audiences and play an active role in the education of young musicians.

Sublime music. I had my eyes closed as we were swept off to the sounds and heat and nightlife of Argentina! Well deserved standing ovation.
— Audience member via Facebook

And now...

The Quartet continues to develop and perform its own blend of contemporary Latin American and British repertoire, and has just released its second album, Language of the Heart.

The evolution of the album has been complex and exciting, enabling a vibrant collaboration with the virtuoso bandoneonist Julian Rowlands, alongside input from Mercury Award-winning producer, Gerry Diver, Grammy nominated and Brit Award winner, Nick Ingman, Classic FM Hall of Fame composer Will Todd and many other talented and generous people. 

A percentage of proceeds will go to the mental health charity Mind, who have agreed to support and endorse the album. You can read more about our reasons for supporting Mind on our Press page. 


Looking forward...

Our focus is now on promoting the new album, with which we are lucky to have support from Classic FM, BBC Radio 3, 6 Music and Radio 4. We're touring the album, and building new collaborative projects. Watch this space...