‘VQ Create’ - new compositions for string quartet by East Midlands students
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Our first concert explores how Midlands music students have adapted to lockdown. The Villiers Quartet performs works composed by East Midlands secondary-school students in response to the pandemic.
These students worked with the Villiers and University of Nottingham composer Elizabeth Kelly via online platforms over the past five months under the umbrella of the ‘VQ Create’ project with support from Arts Council England.
The concert also features music composed and performed by University of Nottingham students and recent graduates after the University moved teaching online in spring 2020.
To see full line up, please visit the main festival page
Named after Villiers Street in London, the Villiers Quartet encompasses the grand and iconic spirit of the extraordinary music tradition in Britain. Hailed as “Champions of British Music” (The Observer), the Villiers Quartet has developed a reputation as an exceptional interpreter of British composers. The VQ has released acclaimed recordings of works by Elgar, Delius, Peter Racine Fricker, William Sterndale Bennett, and David Matthews. The VQ has been praised for “exquisite ensemble playing” (Seen & Heard International), and their absolute “commitment and virtuosity” (The Sunday Times).
The Villiers Quartet join University of Nottingham composer Elizabeth Kelly to discuss their work with East Midlands secondary-school students on new string quartet compositions through the ‘VQ Create’ project.
University of Nottingham students and recent alumni join University of Nottingham composition lecturer Elizabeth Kelly and Music Head of Department Mervyn Cooke to discuss their musical responses to lockdown.
Individual members of the Villiers Quartet perform in iconic Nottingham venues in lockdown.
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