Behn String Quartet
Starting at 2:30PM
Dvorak, String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 American
Jack Body, Three Transcriptions for String Quartet
Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73 - 35
The Behn Quartet is formed of players from England, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Wales. Winners of the Charles Hennen First Prize at the Orlando International Chamber Music Competition 2017, they currently hold the CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, and have a Residency at the Wiltshire Music Centre where they are mentored by the Doric Quartet.
They take their name from Aphra Behn, the seventeenth-century playwright, political activist, and philanthropist of the arts.
Since their formation in 2015 the Behn Quartet have given recitals across the United Kingdom and abroad, including at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Leeds International Chamber Music Festival, and the Southbank Centre. They were honoured to premiere Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ final work at his Memorial Concert in St John’s Smith Square and live on BBC Radio 3, and have recorded chamber works by Maxwell Davies, Stravinsky and Birtwistle for Linn Records.
The Behn Quartet were also part of the official 40th Anniversary celebrations of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, performing a specially-commissioned ‘reimagination’ of the iconic song featured in news outlets worldwide, and praised by Rolling Stone Magazine as ‘a sweeping performance as grand as the original’. (See clip on your right)