The Bridge String Quartet, founded in 1989, has made a name for itself over the years as a champion of British music and turns its attention this season to the considerable output of English poet and composer, Ivor Gurney (1890-1937). Planned activities by the Bridge String Quartet for this project of Gurney premieres include:-
~ A concert on Monday 28th May 2018 at 2.15pm in Dorchester Abbey as part of the English Music Festival (25-28 May 2018) featuring the song cycle ‘The Western Playland and of Sorrow’ - Gurney’s settings of the poems of A.E. Housman, in a new edition by noted Gurney scholar, Philip Lancaster and performed here by celebrated baritone, Roderick Williams and pianist Michael Dussek. The programme will also feature ‘Desire in Spring’, ‘Black Stitchel’, ‘Sleep’ and ‘Captain Stratton’s Fancy’ by Gurney alongside Elgar’s Piano Quintet and the Phantasy Quartet by Howells.
~ Recording sessions in early June 2018 for an album dedicated to world premiere recordings of Gurney’s works that will be released in the Autumn on EM Records. Repertoire to be recorded will include Philip Lancaster’s new edition of the ‘The Western Playland and of Sorrow’ song cycle with Roderick Williams and Michael Dussek, together with the late String Quartet in D minor, written 1924/5 and transcribed in great part by the Quartet’s own viola player, Michael Schofield.
~ A London concert scheduled for late 2018 (details to follow) to perform the world premiere of Gurney’s String Quartet in D minor and other works by this fascinating and complex composer.