Biennial String Quartet Festival draws international crowds to Royal Greenwich

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Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance presents the 3rd biennial Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival next month (11-13 April), headlined by the world première of the award-winning composer Deirdre Gribbin's new work,Hearing Your Genes Evolve,commissioned by MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University.

Leading string quartet, Quatuor Mosaïques, and the Carducci, Arcadia and Benyounes Quartets will feature in the main concerts alongside the Smith Quartet, which will perform the première by Deirdre Gribbin in the iconic Cutty Sark Performance Space.

The Festival's Artistic Director, David Kenedy, says:

"The string quartet's extraordinary repertoire is arguably the most important form of classical chamber music making. Trinity Laban's musical training teaches instrumental excellence as its basis, while ensuring that the learning we offer is at the 21st century conservatoire's contemporary and cutting edge.

"This year's Festival reflects the whole sweep of string quartet music through concerts, competitions, talks and masterclasses - from Quatuor Mosaïques, Haydn and Werner to the Smith Quartet, Deirdre Gribbin and evolving genetic theory - and offers a unique opportunity to support, promote and celebrate all that is exceptional about the genre among a new generation of musicians."

Gribbin's work is particularly noteworthy, as the artist says the genesis of the work draws inspiration from the possibility of using music to help non-scientists understand the principles of DNA and the genetic code.

The Festival also offers students from leading British conservatoires the opportunity to compete in an intercollegiate competition and to perform alongside visiting world-renowned string quartets in masterclasses and public performances. This year the Festival places a new emphasis on 'Quartet Plus One' events in which strings form the basis of the performance and draw inspiration from working alongside other instrumentalists and composers.

The Festival places special emphasis on community participation with the inclusion of local young string players. On 12 April a concert will be given by two string quartets from Junior Trinity in collaboration with quartets from the Lewisham and Greenwich music hubs. The programme will include Beethoven repertoire and works inspired by The Beethoven Connection.

For more, visit Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival 2013.

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