Internationally-renowned Quartet to give lunchbreak concert

7 October 2015

A free lunchbreak concert by one of Britain's foremost chamber ensembles will take place at 12.45pm on Thursday 08 October at Aberdeen Citadel, Castle Street.

The Edinburgh Quartet will perform Silent Shores, which was composed by Tom Harrold, and specially commissioned by the Quartet. At 12noon ahead of the concert composer Tom Harrold will give a 20-minute talk about the inspiration behind Silent Shores, his second string quartet.

The Quartet will also perform Voces Intimae by Sibelius.

Made up of Tristan Gurney, violin; Gordon Bragg, violin; Fiona Winning, viola; Mark Bailey, cello the Quartet has always been a champion of new music and has worked with many important and prolific composers including its patron, James MacMillan, CBE.

The Quartet aims to enrich Scottish cultural life by providing intimate, vivid experiences of some of the world's greatest music, connecting with audiences through the quality and expression of its performances and imaginative programming. It appears regularly at prestigious venues across the UK and across Europe, the Far and Middle East, and North and South America. In addition to giving over fifty concerts per year the Edinburgh Quartet is frequently featured in radio broadcasts on the BBC and other stations and has an extensive discography available on various labels.

Aberdeen's Deputy Leader Councillor Marie Boulton said: "No other city in Scotland hosts a free admission programme such as ours which invites both amateur and professional musicians to perform. I am delighted that internationally-renowned Edinburgh Quartet will return to as it is a firm favourite with Aberdeen audiences. It's bound to be a great performance and one not to be missed."

The Cowdray Hall's popular weekly Lunchbreak Concerts have been temporarily relocated to the Citadel while the hall is closed until winter 2017 as part of Aberdeen Art Gallery's £30m redevelopment project 'Inspiring Art and Music'.

The series, which is programmed by Artists Advisor Dr Roger B Williams MBE, sees the return of some popular artists and will introduce musical stars of tomorrow all of whom will entertain concert-goers on their lunchbreaks.

The concerts are free but donations are welcome. All donations go directly towards supporting the performances and ensuring the continuation of the Lunchbreak programme.