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Fitzwilliam Quartet

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Tchaikovsky Quartet in B flat (1865)
Delius Late Swallows (1916)
Shostakovich Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 138
Sibelius Voces Intimae Quartet in D minor, Op. 56

21 March 2014 at 7:30 pm

The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA (map)

Lucy Russell - violin Marcus Barcham-Stevens - violin
Alan George - viola Heather Tuach - cello

Lucy Russell (violin) was born in Germany of Scottish/Norwegian origin, but has lived mainly in London. She was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music, going on to take music degrees at the University of York, where she gave the first British performance of the Norwegian composer Alfred Janson's violin concerto Forspil, based on Hardanger violin traditions. While still a student she was invited to play with London Baroque and the English Baroque Soloists, and by the City of London Festival as a solo violinist in their production/recording of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea.
She has been a member of the Fitzwilliam since 1988, becoming leader in 1995; with them she has played all over Europe, North America, and South Africa, as well as making recordings for Linn Records, the BBC, and various foreign radio stations. She has recorded for Channel Classics, Hyperion, DG, and Decca with other ensembles, having been leader of Florilegium, Concerto Caledonia, Classical Opera Company, Retrospect Ensemble, the Finchcocks Quartet, The King’s Consort, and the New Chamber Opera Band of Players, as well as a director of the Scottish Early Music Consort and a solo violinist in the New London Consort. When time allows she still leads Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Armonico Consort, and Dunedin Consort, and has been invited to guest lead for the City of London Sinfonia. She is Associate Leader of Southern Sinfonia, and has also directed the Danish group Ensemble Zimmerman.

She has taught and given master classes all over the world – including the Czech Republic, the United States, South Africa, and Russia. Closer to home, she has worked at the Royal Academy of Music with the Modern Instrument Baroque Orchestra, and at Trinity College of Music, Royal Holloway College London, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, Birmingham Conservatoire, York University, the Royal Northern College of Music, St Mary’s Music School Edinburgh, and Pro Corda. She is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music.
Lucy likes to divide her time between performing on period instruments and their “modern” counterparts, exploring music from Purcell to the present day. At York she studied with three former Fitzwilliam leaders: Christopher Rowland, Daniel Zisman, and Jonathan Sparey; then with Roger Raphael and Dona Lee Croft. She plays on a violin by Ferdinando Gagliano, made in Naples, Italy, in c1789. Her baroque violin is by Charles Harris of Adderbury.

Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin) Marcus has broadcast as a soloist and chamber musician on BBC Radio 3 and live in recital on Classic FM. BBC Radio 3 broadcasts in 2011 comprised Kodaly’s Duo for violin and cello, Bartok’s trio Contrasts and Dohnanyi’s Sextet with the ensemble Chroma, and Simon Steen Anderson's solo piece, Study for String Instrument, from London King's Place. He has performed chamber music with Peter Donohoe, Paul Lewis, Freddy Kempf, Peter Hill, Emmanuelle Haïm, Alina Ibragimova, Leon McCawley, Paul Watkins, and with Thomas Adès in music by Adès at Carnegie Hall. As a chamber musician, Marcus has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room with the Park Lane Group, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, the International Musicians’ Seminar Prussia Cove, the Library of Congress in Washington, the Haydn String Quartet Festival, Esterhazy, the Opéra Comique, Paris, the BBC Proms (RCM), and for several years at the London BMIC Cutting Edge Series.
Solo playing has included: Lou Harrison’s Concerto for violin with percussion at the London Spitalfields Festival in 2003 (broadcast on BBC Radio 3), the London première of James Dillon's Traumwerk III for violin and piano with Jonathan Powell for the BMIC in 2005, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending in St. Asaph Cathedral for the North Wales International Music Festival 2011, Xenakis’ Dikhthas for violin and piano with Roderick Chadwick at King’s Place in 2010, David Sawer’s The Memory of Water with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Richard Hoadley's Calder's Violin for violin and computer at London City University, Bach's Violin Concerto in A minor and the Double Violin Concerto with ICE, which was formed out of string players from the CBSO, Mozart's Violin Concerto nr.3 with the Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra and Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Cambridge University Music Society.

He has recorded over 20 pieces of contemporary chamber or ensemble music, by composers including Philip Cashian, Roger Smalley, Michael Finnissy, Howard Skempton, Anthony Payne, Michael Zev Gordon, Diana Burrell, Gabriel Jackson, Mark Bowden and Alistair Hinton, including for labels NMC, Altarus, Métier and Riverun; for Ensemble Modern and the BMIC. He has improvised in concerts as a trio with Peter Wiegold and bassist Ben Markland for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

With the Eroica String Quartet, Marcus played in the world première recording of the original version of Mendelssohn’s Octet, in summer 2010. Marcus is also a member of the Aiso String Quartet, the chamber ensemble Chroma (with whom he has played for 10 years), Ensemble Cymru, and the contemporary ensemble Plus-Minus. Marcus also performs in recital with his wife, pianist Christina Lawrie – they have played in England and Scotland, and have also performed together in lecture recital.

Marcus has guest led Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Musikfabrik Köln, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Aurora Orchestra, the Opera Group, the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra USA and the Cyprus State Orchestra. Conductors for whom he has played in contemporary groups include Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, Sir Simon Rattle, George Benjamin and Oliver Knussen.

Marcus held the position of Principal First Violin with the CBSO from 2000-2002. He has played as guest Principal 2nd Violin for: Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Orchèstre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (at the Opéra Comique, Paris), the English Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Ensemble. He has also played with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in venues including Carnegie Hall New York, Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Pisa Cathedral. Marcus has also played with Rachel Podger, Garry Cooper and Jane Booth in the period ensemble f2 at the Wigmore Hall; with the fortepianist John Irving; and in a recent Hyperion CD with Jonathan Cohen’s ensemble Arcangelo. He has also recorded Haydn’s horn trio Divertimento a tre for the Bate Collection, Oxford.

Marcus received starred First Class Honours in Music from Cambridge University and the Diploma for Advanced Instrumental Studies from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with David Takeno. He was awarded the Norman-Butler Scholarship from the English-Speaking Union to the Tanglewood Music Center USA, where he was invited back as a Violin Fellow and received the Henry Cabot Award for outstanding contribution. Marcus is recipient of the Harriet Cohen Award, a scholarship from the Clothworkers City of London Guild, the Donald Wort Prize for performance from Cambridge University and the Mortons Bequest for performance of Beethoven from the Guildhall School.

Marcus has run a Strings and Piano Composition project at the Guildhall School, which combines student composers, pianists and string-players in new pieces. He has coached at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire USA, for players of mixed ability and teenagers from deprived US inner cities, and at the Baltimore School for the Arts. With the ensemble Chroma, he has been involved in substantial education projects in schools in Spitalfields, Norwich, the Shetland Islands and Norway, and with BCMG in Birmingham. Other education projects include: schools in London, Amersham, Basingstoke, Birmingham and with Ensemble Cymru in North Wales; at the universities of Royal Holloway, Cardiff, Bristol, Durham, Coventry and Birmingham and at the Royal Academy of Music; at the Wigmore Hall with BCMG; teaching at the London Guildhall School Junior Department; for COMA at Leeds University and through the OAE and “Jessie’s Fund” in Taunton.

Alan George (viola) comes from Cornwall and studied violin with Colin Sauer at Dartington Hall, viola with Herbert Downes in London, and chamber music with Sidney Griller at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1968 he won an open scholarship to King’s College Cambridge, where he became one of the founder members of the Fitzwilliam, remaining as its only viola player for all 43 years of its existence (so far!).
Since 1976 he has been actively involved with the period instrument movement, including eleven years as principal viola with John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Until 1988 he was lecturer in music and director of the chamber orchestra at the University of York, and is the author of three studies of Shostakovich’s chamber music, as well as numerous articles and programme notes; he has also presented talks on BBC radio and at various festivals and concert venues throughout Britain and America. He has been tutor in viola at the Royal Northern College of Music, and a visiting lecturer/examiner at many colleges and universities both here and abroad. He is now conductor of the Academy of St. Olave's Chamber Orchestra and principal viola in Southern Sinfonia, as well as a lecturer with Martin Randall Travel. In 1981 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Music at Bucknell University, USA, and similarly honoured by the University of York in 2006.

He is a trustee of the registered charity Jessie’s Fund – a memorial to his daughter Jessica, who died of a brain tumour in 1994 – which helps sick children through the therapeutic power of music, and which the Fitzwilliam regularly supports in its concerts.

His viola was made in Cremona (Italy) c1740/41, possibly by one of the Guarneri family, and his other instruments include one made for him in 1995 by Roger Hansell.

Heather Tuach (cello) is from the west coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Since moving to London in 2008, she has been playing in the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, performing as a soloist and freelancing with orchestras and chamber ensembles. She also teaches cello privately.
Highlights with the FSQ include concerts at Kings Place and Wigmore Hall, performances on BBC Radio 3 'In Tune,' residencies at the University of St Andrews, Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge, Tuckamore Music Festival in Newfoundland and Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, tours throughout the UK and abroad and a recording of the Bruckner String Quintet on gut strings (Linn Records).

Outside of the FSQ, Heather appears in other chamber groups including Duo Harboyan-Tuach, which is about to release its first CD, Armenian Music for Cello and Piano (Divine Art). The Duo recently performed at Memorial University of Newfoundland and at Les Jeunesses Musicales House in Montreal. Heather also plays in the Roskell Piano Trio, which has given concerts at London Sutton House and at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Heather performs as a soloist, for example the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Academy of St Olaves in York, and the Haydn C major Concerto with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. She also freelances with a number of orchestras in England including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, and period ensembles such as Armonico Consort, Southern Sinfonia, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the Gabrieli Consort. Heather has also been a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (Newfoundland) and Camerata Lysy (Switzerland).

She studied cello at Memorial University of Newfoundland, McGill University, the International Menuhin Music Academy, and Stony Brook University, where she completed a Doctorate of Music. Her main teachers have been Colin Carr and Antonio Lysy and more recently, Moray Welsh. Chamber music coaches have included Orford Quartet cellist Marcel Saint-Cyr and members of the Emerson Quartet.

Heather's cello is a copy of a 1705 Matteo Goffriller, made by Yorkshire luthier Roger Hansell in 1993.

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