Park Lane Group Young Artists
Haydn – Seven Last Words
The Gildas Quartet has performed to critical acclaim across the UK and Europe at major venues including the Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall, and live on BBC Radio 3. Praised for their ‘refreshing approach’ and ‘exciting precision’, they are fast establishing themselves as one of the most exciting young ensembles to emerge in recent years.
Passionate exponents of a diverse and varied repertoire, the Gildas have had the privilege of working with composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Colin Matthews and Howard Skempton, performing their works at London’s Southbank Centre and The Forge. They have recently given recitals at international festivals such as the Two Moors Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, and the Cheltenham Festival, and they were invited to teach and perform at Dartington Summer Music this August. With generous support from the Britten Pears Foundation, the quartet is delighted to have been able to commission a new quartet from Philip Cashian. They were invited to give its première performance this June at the St Magnus Festival, Orkney. The quartet have recently completed a debut recording of two works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad to be included in a disc of the composer’s music for the Champs Hill label.
The Gildas Quartet are City Music Foundation Artists and have recently finished their tenure as Junior Fellows at the Birmingham Conservatoire. They have frequently been featured by the Park Lane Group Young Artists scheme and are grateful for awards and support from the Tunnell Trust, the Richard Carne Trust and the Royal Northern College of Music. In larger chamber music collaborations, the Gildas Quartet has joined musicians such as Alexander Baillie, Robin Tritschler and Matthew Barley. Ongoing partnerships include quintets with clarinettist Jack McNeill, soprano Raphaela Papadakis and pianist Sholto Kynoch, in addition to a number of exciting projects with the New English Ballet Theatre. The quartet are delighted to have been selected as Making Music Featured Artists for 2017/18.