Charitable donation enables Trinity Laban students to work with renowned string quartets

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Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is delighted to announce the launch of a new programme, The Richard Carne Quartets in Residence at Trinity Laban. Two internationally known string quartets, the Wihan Quartet (pictured below) and the Carducci Quartet (pictured above), will be the first Richard Carne Quartets in Residence.  They will make regular visits to Trinity Laban over the coming year to engage with students, performing in concerts and giving coaching and masterclasses.

Director of Music, Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, said, "This will be a fantastic chance for our students. The experience of being taught by, meeting and watching people who are artistic leaders in their field is motivating and inspiring, and offers a standard to aim for."

The Carducci Quartet, based in the UK, is recognised as one of today's most successful string quartets.  The Carduccis perform in over 90 concerts worldwide each year whilst running their own annual festival in Highnam, Glos and their recording label Carducci Classics, as well as holding residencies at Cardiff University and Dean Close School, Cheltenham.

Wihan QuartetThe Wihan Quartet, based in the Czech Republic, is heir to the great Czech musical tradition. The quartet's outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire is widely acknowledged.  The Wihan Quartet has developed an impressive international career, which includes visits to major festivals in Europe and the Far East and tours of Australia and New Zealand. During the 2012/13 season the Quartet was the Czech Chamber Music Society Resident Ensemble at the Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall, Prague.

The student learning experience at Trinity Laban places a strong emphasis on chamber music. Virtually all undergraduate and postgraduate instrumental students are required to take part in chamber music activity and chamber performances earn credits towards their final qualification.

 The programme is generously supported by the Richard Carne Trust which was set up in 2006. Since 2006, the Trust has assisted over 100 talented young people in the performing arts. At Trinity Laban, the Trust also supports the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship for Individuals and the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship for String Quartets.

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