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Alkyona Quartet

Matlock Music continues its new season on 11th November with a performance by the internationally acclaimed Alkyona string quartet. Formed in London in 2018, the group has already gained a reputation for presenting fresh imaginative interpretations of both well-known and hidden gems of the repertoire. They are well known for their warm connection to audiences and vivacious performances and have performed in many UK venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall.

Although the group was formed only four years ago, they bring together many years of musical experience. First violinist Emma Purslow was born in the Peak District and now performs extensively throughout the UK with orchestras including the London Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales and also appears regularly at festivals throughout Europe. Second violinist Marike Kruup moved to London from Estonia in 2013 to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal College of Music and now performs solo, chamber and orchestral music around Europe. Violist Claire Newton has extensive orchestral and chamber music experience having played with many orchestras including English National Opera (as principal), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé and BBC Philharmonic and the Brodsky Quartet at Kings Place. Dutch cellist Jobine Siekman, the final member of the quartet, is quickly building a career as an exceptional chamber musician and soloist, with performances at Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3 and was nominated as a Rising Star artist in the BBC Music Magazine.

They will perform a wide range of music including works by Haydn (string quartet in G major Op. 76 No. 1), Caroline Shaw (Entr’acte), Ethel Smyth (part of her string quartet in C minor), Fanny Mendelssohn (part of her string quartet in E-flat) and Elizabeth Maconchy (string quartet No. 13 “Quartetto Corto”).

Do come and join us for what promises to be an exciting evening of live first-class music-making. The Society’s 2022/23 programme includes music for strings, piano, brass and soprano and the full list of concerts is available on its website

The concert is on Friday 11th November at the Wheeldon Hall, Highfields School, Lumsdale off the Chesterfield Road, Matlock, DE4 5NA starting at 7.30pm. Season membership giving access to all concerts costing £50 and single concert tickets at £15 will be available at the door, payable by cheque (if possible). Under 18s are free and students and registered job-seekers pay half-price. All seats are unreserved. There is ample parking at the school. Further information is available on our website or by phoning George Wolfe, Tel 01433 631308.


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