Last year's new initiative of an ensemble concert bringing together our ISMA faculty and Academy Artists was warmly received, and this year it is a central part of our 'Quartets Plus' strand, with the late romantic Octet by the 19-year-old Enescu, composed in 1900. The conductor Karl Krueger reported that, when he asked the composer how he felt about having the work played by a larger body of string players, Enescu enthusiastically replied, "That's how it should be!" – so that's how it is tonight. The concert opens with Mozart's C minor Quintet, which he transcribed from his Wind Serenade K388.
Garfield Jackson viola
LDSM Academy Ensemble*
9:00pm, Sunday 10 August 2014
A £24 B £15 RV Allocated Seating
Supported by the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust
Mozart String Quintet No.2 in C minor, K406 25'
Enescu String Octet in C major, Op.7* 40'
In 1971 four prizewinning musicians met in London and decided to dedicate themselves to chamber music. Within a short time the Chilingirian Quartet was making an impact, with BBC and World Service broadcasts soon followed by invitations to the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Bath festivals and to the most important cities throughout Europe.
Garfield Jackson was born in London into a family of jazz trumpet players with a wide-ranging appreciation of music. He began violin studies at the age of seven with Beryl Morreau, a viola student of Lionel Tertis and a founder member of the McNaghten String Quartet.