Three days before they play at Wigmore Hall, the Heath Quartet are joined by Scottish cellist and Chief Executive of Young Classical Artist Trust, Alasdair Tait, to play Schubert’s sublime and epic Quintet in C in Dulwich.
Paul Smith, Head of Instrumental Studies at Alleyn’s School, talks to Dulwich OnView about the success of the Alleyn’s International Concert Series and welcoming one of the most outstanding and exciting young quartets to the Michael Croft Theatre on Monday 5 March.
It will be a privilege to welcome the Heath Quartet to the Michael Croft Theatre. They come with a burgeoning reputation as one of the most outstanding and exciting young quartets in UK, and their busy schedule this season includes performances at many of the top venues throughout the UK and Europe.
For the second half of their concert they will be joined by ‘cellist Alasdair Tait in Schubert’s wonderful Quintet in C, written in the last year of the composer’s life and now universally recognised as one of the towering peaks of all chamber music literature. The chance to hear this great work played by these exceptional musicians really makes this a concert that no music-lover will want to miss!
The Heath Quartet have been described as ‘One of the most interesting young quartets I have heard in recent years’ by The Strad magazine and The Times says, ‘Focused, skilled, and ready for anything…here the Heath Quartet’s prayerful concentration really paid off in a performance of unforced beauty and tremulous tension, dappled with sudden shadows and anguished nostalgia for happier times. Each player listened closely to each other; each fell in with Schubert’s feelings as a hand fits the perfect glove.’
The Alleyn’s International Concert Series was set up in 2009 to bring the finest internationally recognised musicians to the Michael Croft Theatre. As well as giving a fantastic opportunity to hear some remarkable performers ‘up close’ through evening concerts, each of these artistes also include some form of educational work for students through teaching, coaching and master classes. This is clearly a thrilling prospect not only for those who take part directly, but also for the wider community who we hope can share in this inspiration through observing these sessions and having contact with these musicians.
Since the inaugural concert given in March 2009 by the Endellion String Quartet, we have heard pianist Steven Osborne, violinist Ning Kam with Carole Presland (piano), the Gould Piano Trio with clarinettist Robert Plane, The Swingles, Onxy Brass, the Dante Quartet, and cellist Guy Johnston with Nathan Williamson.