Marmen Quartet to perform for Concerts in the West

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 December 2017

The Marmen Quartet. Picture: Mali R

The Marmen Quartet. Picture: Mali R

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The Concerts in the West series will be bringing the Marmen Quartet to the region in March.

The Concerts in the West series will be bringing the Marmen Quartet to the region in March.

The performances will take place in Highampton (Devon), Bridport (Dorset), Ilminster (Somerset) and new venue CICCIC Taunton (Somerset) from Thursday, March 15 to Saturday, March 17.

The quartet is an exciting group of individually acclaimed musicians who formed at the Royal College of Music, London in 2013.

Since Marmen’s formation, the quartet’s members - Johannes Marmen, violin, Ricky Gore, violin, Bryony Gibson-Cornish, viola and Steffan Morris, cello - have progressed at a spectacular rate, winning awards (including the Royal Philharmonic Society Albert and Eugene Frost Prize), performing regularly both in the UK and internationally, and continuously developing professionally through Music in the Round’s Bridge scheme.

As winners of the Bridge scheme, Marmen are receiving three years of mentoring, financial support, and guidance in every aspect of life as a string quartet, including regular performance opportunities.

Recent highlights for the Marmen Quartet includes a collaboration with Ensemble 360 and the Sacconi Quartet, as well as taking part in the Foco Boulez Festival in Buenos Aires.

In addition, they had a two-week residency with Aldeburgh Music and have appeared live on Swedish Radio and BBC In Tune.

Catherine Maddocks, the founder and director of Concerts in the West, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Marmen Quartet to the West Country. They are such wonderfully communicative musicians, whose ability to tell stories through their music is quite riveting. They are unbelievably talented performers who get better and better every time I hear them. I can’t wait to see how Concerts in the West audiences respond to these young people - they are so dedicated and it is a real pleasure to see them at work.”

On Thursday, March 15, at 7.30pm, the quartet will be at St Roch Church, Pendomer, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 9PH. Tickets: £15 or two for £22.50 (BACS or cheques), unreserved seating - choose when you arrive. Box office: please email director@concertsinthewest.org or concertsinthewest@gmail.com. Or telephone 01823 252658 (answerphone message if no-one is available), 8 Morgans Rise, Bishops Hull, Taunton TA1 5HW. Or text 07776 995789, or book at Eventbrite www.eventbrite.co.uk. Or you can buy on the door. Concessions for students and children. Interval drinks, disabled ramp, but some of the church path is quite rough. Parking nearby.

On Friday, March 16, from 11am-12pm, there will be a Coffee Concert at Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR. Box Office: 01308 424204 Em: info@bridport-arts.com, www.bridport-arts.com Tickets: £10, concessions available, coffee included, town parking and car parks, BAC café, disabled access.

Also on Friday, March 16, at 8pm, the quartet will perform at Ilminster Arts Centre, at The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0AN. Box Office: 01460 54973 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday (Pre-concert supper at 7pm - advanced booking required £15) www.themeetinghouse.org.uk Tickets: £15. Bar and café, IAC and town parking, plus car parks, disabled access.

On Saturday, March 17, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, The Marmen Quartet will give a workshop to students at the Centre for Young Musicians Taunton at Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3DZ.

Also on Saturday, March 17, at 7.30pm, the group will play at The Dance House, Gouldsbrook View, North Street, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7AL. (The Dance House is just behind the Baptist Church in North Street - blue double doors on the left as you go down Gouldsbrook View). Tickets: £15, unreserved seating - choose when you arrive. Box office: For advance bookings please email: director@concertsinthewest.org or concertsinthewest@gmail.com or buy at the Local Information Office at the Town Hall in Crewkerne. Or you can TEXT 07776 995789 or book at www.eventbrite.co.uk or buy on the night from 6.45pm, but worth checking beforehand. Concessions for students and children. Interval drinks, town parking and car parks.


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