An afternoon on Westbury Green
Saturday 24 October
Marmen Quartet – 2.30pm and 4.30pm at St. Andrew’s Church, Westbury
Claire Edwardes – 2.30pm and 4.30pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westbury
Your printed ticket will indicate the order of your concerts.
Half the audience will hear the string quartet first, while the other half will enjoy the percussion recital.
Then meeting together on Westbury Green for afternoon tea as you swap venues.
Johannes Marmen, violin
Ricky Gore, violin
Bryony Gibson-Cornish, viola
Steffan Morris, cello
Marmen Quartet (2.30pm and 4.30pm at St. Andrew’s Church, Westbury)
Haydn – String Quartet Op 50 No. 1
Mendelssohn – String Quartet No. 6 Op. 80
Claire Edwardes, percussion (2.30pm and 4.30 pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westbury)
JS Bach arr.Hans Leo Hassler – Chorale O Sacred Head Sore Wounded
JS Bach – Lute Suite (3 movements)
Vincent Ho – Nostalgia
Claire Edwardes – Screechers & Sorrows
Matthew Shlomowitz – Hi Hat and Me
Ella Macens – Falling Embers
Matthew Hindson – Flash
Formed in 2013 at the Royal College of Music in London, the Marmen Quartet is fast building a reputation for the courage, vitality and vigor of its performances. 2019 marks a year of significant achievement for the Quartet, having won the Grand Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition as well claiming First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, where they were also awarded the Haydn and Canadian Commission prizes in addition.
Other accolades include first prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition (2018) and awards at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition.
The Marmen Quartet has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Milton Court (Barbican), Palladium Malmö and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. Other recent highlights have included performances across the UK as part of Music in the Round’s ‘Bridge Scheme’ (2015-17), as well as regular appearances at the Wiltshire Music Centre where they are Young Quartet in Association and throughout Sweden. Festival engagements have taken the Quartet to the Hitzacker, Lockenhaus, Edinburgh Fringe, North Norfolk and Lake District Summer Music Festivals.
Internationally acclaimed percussion soloist, chamber musician and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes has been described by the press as a ‘sorceress of percussion’ performing with ‘spellbinding intensity’ and ‘graceful virtuosity’. Her award-winning performances combine a theatrical energy with charismatic and original interpretations bringing to life the varied array of music she performs.
Graduating as Student of the Year in 1997 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where Daryl Pratt was her teacher, she went on to win the coveted Symphony Australia Young Performers Award in 1999. She subsequently relocated to the Netherlands to undertake a Masters Degree at the Rotterdam and Amsterdam Conservatories under Richard Jansen, Peter Prommel and Jan Pustjens.
Resident there for seven years, she was the recipient of many international awards and prizes including first place at the 2000 Tromp Percussion Competition and 2001 Llangollen International Instrumentalist. Claire was the 2005 MCA/Freedman Fellow and she is the only Australian to win three APRA Art Music Awards for Excellence by an Individual for her contribution to Australian Music (2016, 2012, 2007). In 2014 she was granted a prestigious Australia Council Music Fellowship and in 2016 Ensemble Offspring won the APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Organisation for 20 years in the industry.
Claire has performed concertos with all of the Australian and New Zealand orchestras as well as numerous European orchestras (including with Peter Eötvös and the Radio Chamber Orchestra in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam) and has commissioned and premiered works by an array of composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Nicole Lizee, Matthew Hindson, Elena Kats-Chernin and Ross Edwards. In her role as Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring she programs and performs to the highest level, some of the most innovative and cutting-edge new music being presented worldwide today. Claire is endorsed by Vic Firth and Adams Percussion. She teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and maintains a busy concert schedule throughout Australia and abroad. Recently appearing as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Myer Music Bowl and on Play School to an audience of thousands of children, Claire is extremely passionate about percussion and new sounds being widely disseminated to new audiences.
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Westbury
11 Lonsdale Promenade, Westbury
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westbury
94 Meander Valley Road, Westbury