Drinks Reception & Concert by The Edinburgh Quartet

19 Mar ‘13

7.30PM - 8.45PM

Venue: The Crush Hall, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

The Drinks Reception will officially launch the opening of the exhibitions Lyrical Abstraction - The Eloquence of Material by Hironori Katagiri and Postcards From Japan – A Message From Tohoku Artists by Kate Thomson. 

Concert by The Edinburgh Quartet - The launch of the exhibition will be followed by a performance by Tristan Gurney, Gordon Bragg, Jessica Beaston and Mark Bailey.

With its distinguished international profile, the Edinburgh Quartet is Scotland’s pre-eminent string quartet.  The Edinburgh Quartet is the resident ensemble of the Ian Tomlin Academy of Music, Edinburgh Napier University.  It continues to play an important role in the musical activities of Edinburgh University (from where it was founded in 1960) as well as at the University of Aberdeen.  In addition to a regular concert series at each of these institutions, the ensemble is committed to nurturing talent and championing new music, and has worked with many important and prolific composers of our age, including its patron, James MacMillan.


J. B. McEwen - Suite of Old National Dances (English, Scottish, Old French and Japanese)

James MacMillan – Memento

Haydn  - String Quartet Op. 33 no 2, the “Joke”

Sir John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948) was a prolific Scottish composer and educator.  The Japanese Dance features in his Suite of Old National Dances written for string orchestra in 1924 and subsequently arranged for string quartet by the composer.  This was chosen for the Scottish-Japanese connection.

Memento is a short work for string quartet written in 1994 by James MacMillan, one of Scotland’s leading contemporary composers, and also the Patron of the Edinburgh Quartet.  The music is slow, delicate and tentative and is based on the Gaelic lament music of psalm-singing in the Hebrides.

This season the Edinburgh Quartet is performing all six of Haydn’s Opus 33 string quartets and have chosen no. 2 to play this evening.  The piece is nicknamed “The Joke” as Haydn tricks the audience in the final movement by giving the impression that the piece is over many times in a row, making for an amusing ending.




This event is part of the University of Stirling's Japanese Week. Please see the website for details of other events.

RSVP: To book a place email: externalaffairs@stir.ac.uk

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