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Bath Spa String Quartet are pleased to perform at public concerts and organised events. We can offer formal concerts of ‘serious’ quartet repertoire or lighter entertainment concerts of ‘classical pops’ or even a ‘Jazz, Swing & Ragtime’ evening. We would ask if possible, that six months notice of classical concert dates are given, so that we may prepare suitable repertoire to the professional standard that is expected by our clients.

All Bath Spa musicians are available to perform at concerts. However, we have recently formed the Bath Spa Recital Quartet specifically to give public performances that explore the more serious string quartet repertoire. The quartet exclusively features Jamie, Sue, Michelle, Beth. When working towards more formal concerts these four musicians work closely together on a programme of music discussed with the client. Working as a quartet in this way, adds a quality and intimacy to the performance.

String QuartetFees for the Recital Quartet are based on a concert programme of up to a maximum of 90 minutes music. When requesting new repertoire to be learnt, clients can also expect to contribute towards the costs of rehearsal time. The Recital Quartet can only be booked if Jamie, Sue, Michelle, Beth are all available for your event date. Because a Recital Quartet booking will supersede any other work for the musicians involved, please note that there is an additional surcharge for booking the Recital Quartet. If you are interested in hiring the Bath Spa Recital Quartet for your Music Festival, Concert or Event, please mention this when you make your enquiry.

Our past public performances have included a charity concert in aid of the National Osteoporosis Society, performing works by Borodin, Dvorak and Mendelssohn, an invitation from Andrew Hooker to give a private concert for members of the Rode Chamber Music Club, performing major string quartet works by Mozart and Debussy, a performance for a lunchtime recital as part of Keynsham Music Festival and slots at the opening night of the Bath International Music Festival in each successive year from May 2007 onwards.

~ Examples of our previous concert programmes ~

Programme for Rode Chamber Music Club performed at Christchurch House on Saturday 4th August 2007

String Quartet No 19 in C major, K465 ‘Dissonance’ - W A Mozart
Adagio – Allegro
Andante Cantabile
Menuetto: Allegro – Trio
Allegro Molto
••• INTERVAL•••
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 - Claude Debussy
Animé et très décidé
Assef vif et bien rythmé
Andantino, doucement expressif
Très modéré – très animé – très vif

Performance at Holy Trinity Church, Bath on Sunday 29th January 2006
Organised and promoted by the Bath Spa String Quartet, in aid of the National Osteoporosis Society.Charity Cheque

String Quartet No 2 in D - Alexander Borodin
Allegro
Scherzo
Notturno
Finale
Duo for Violin and Cello - Zoltan Kodaly
String Quartet No 12 in F - The ‘American’ Antonin Dvorak
Allegro
Lento
Molto Vivace
Finale
•••INTERVAL•••
Octet in E flat for Strings op. 20 - Felix Mendelssohn
Allegro moderato
Andante
Scherzo
Presto

Programme of Light Classical pieces performed at Langford Music Festival on Saturday 29th June 2006Sue, Simon, Tim, Beth

J S Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3 – 1st movt.
Vivaldi Lute Concerto in D – Slow movt.
Mozart Eine Kleine Nacht Musik – 1st movt.
Faure Pavane
Elgar Chanson de Nuit
Vivaldi “Spring” – 3rd movt. from The Four Seasons
J S Bach Arioso from Cantata BMV 156
Boccherini Celebrated Minuet
Shostakovitch Romance from The Gadfly
Dvorak “The American” Quartet – Last movt.
•••INTERVAL•••
Shostakovitch String Quartet No.8 – 2nd movt.
Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals:
The Swan
The Elephant
Schubert Serenade
Beethoven Minuet in G
Debussy The Girl With The Flaxen Hair
Haydn “The Bird” String Quartet – Last movt.
Pachelbel Canon in D
Mozart Divertimento in F – 1st movt.
Handel Sarabande
Borodin String Quartet No.2 in D – 1st movt.

Photos by kind permission of Chris Grant wedding & portrait photographer.

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