Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban student quartets winners in Trinity Laban Intercollegiate Competition


The Bernadel Quartet from the Royal Academy of Music, and Trinity Laban's own Adeo Quartet were the winners of this year's Trinity Laban Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition.

The Bernadel Quartet (William Melvin and Cassandra Hamilton, Richard Waters and Abigail Hyde-Smith) won the overall prize, playing Beethoven's String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op 95 and Bartok's String Quartet No. 2, Op 17, as well as the set piece, "4 Broken Records", composed by Trinity Laban's Will Handysides.

Trinity Laban's Adeo Quartet won the Intercollegiate award for best performance of the set work. Adeo Quartet is coached by world-renowned viola soloist, Rivka Golani, and by the Trinity Laban Quartet in Residence, the Carducci String Quartet.

The Trinity Laban Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition is generously funded by The Richard Carne Trust. Quartets from six UK conservatoires performed one movement from a Beethoven Quartet, a contrasting piece and the set work, selected in a recent composition competition.

Festival director David Kenedy said: "The level of performance was uniformly high, and it was felt that several of the quartets involved had a real chance of winning. There was universal appreciation of Will Handysides' piece which admirably fulfilled a difficult brief, paying homage to Beethoven and leaving much to the discretion of the performers."

Pictured - Bernadel Quartet (picture courtesy of Royal Academy of Music)

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