Classical Music in 2015 kicked off with the prestigious Park Lane Group’s Young Artist Series held at the Southbank’s Purcell Room from the 5th to the 9th of January.
CMF Artists Foyle-Stsura Duo, Kaleidoscope Quartet and Alastair Penman (with his ensemble, the Borealis Saxophone Quartet) all featured as part of the series and performed works by Penderecki (who was in attendance), Jonathan Dove, Lutoslawski, Paul Patterson and Samuel Quartermine-Smith.
The Foyle-Stsura Duo and Kaleidoscope Quartet received 4* from The Times, which wrote about the quartet: “…aggressive virtuosity were deep within these players’ fingers and lungs” and the duo “revealed themselves to be more interested in risk-taking than in studied perfection, happier with swing than with security.”
The Telegraph also said the duo “showed their mettle….mixing virtuosity with delicate interplay” and the quartet “found subtle intensity in Judith Bingham’s Lace-making, but switching to baritone and bass instruments for Sam Quartemaine-Smith’s growling Tone Chasms, they evoked a family of burping warthogs.” Given CMF were in the audience, we know that this is only a good thing!
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