"The only lunchtime concert at Budleigh Festival ever to receive a standing ovation."
Dorothy Ferrier, Budleigh Music Festival
Friday provided a feast of music from two contrasting string quartets: At lunchtime the astonishing Santiago Quartet gave us Latin American music (with fantastical instrumental flourishes!), while in the evening the hugely talented and successful Sacconi Quartet (with composer/pianist Huw Watkins) played Mozart, Dvorak and a work by Watkins himself. The joy of live music!
Concert at GHS
Words from Grayson Jones, Head of Music, about the Quartet's didactic concert for music students in Guildford:
Fresh from last week’s studio sessions and a live performance on Classic FM, the Santiago Quartet - augmented by the bandonean player Julian Rowlands - visited Guildford High School on 27 February to perform some of the repertoire that they are recording this month for their second CD album.
The concert, which was open to anyone in the school community, included lots of South American music and, in particular Argentine Tangos: Many of the Year 11 GCSE Music girls found these pieces particularly fascinating as they are currently composing tangos for their coursework compositions this term. The players engaged with the audience throughout the concert, offering context and explaining the unusual playing techniques that have to be employed.
What was also very striking, and was remarked upon afterwards by the Sixth Form musicians, was the fantastic cohesion and unity that existed within the ensemble as the players reacted so brilliantly to each other.
Concert for Oakleaf
Santiago Quartet delivered an amazing concert in aid of Oakleaf which was enjoyed by all on Saturday, 25th February 2017 at St Catherine’s School, Bramley.
There was a mixture of British contemporary and Latin American music. The new arrangement of Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven took the audience's breath away as did the arrangement of the Four Seasons . All of the music played will be featured on Santiago Quartet's second album " Language of the Heart", which is now available for pre-order and will be released in October.
Oakleaf are extremely thankful to Santiago Quartet for choosing to partner with us for this event. Jonny Hennessy-Brown (Cellist and Founder of Quartet), openly spoke about the realities of living with mental health issues on the evening. Jonny commented, “I feel it my duty to pass on to others that they can talk about their mental health issues publicly or privately as part of their own recovery process. I am immensely grateful to Oakleaf for the support they provide to a family member who has not been as fortunate as myself ".
We are also very grateful to our sponsor RHW Solicitors for helping make this event a huge success and as a result we have raised just over £1100.00 . This money will allow us to continue offering vital support to people living with mental health issues in the community .