The Exuberant Quartet - Ravel, Stravinsky & Frances-Hoad
Venue, Timing and Cost
Ravel – String Quartet in F Major
Stravinsky – Three Pieces for String Quartet
Cheryl Frances-Hoad – My Day in Hell
The Exuberant Quartet are Guy Button and James Toll (violins), Asher Zaccardelli (viola) and Jonathan Rees (violin). These four vibrant musicians perform a diverse programme starting with Ravel's String Quartet in F (1903) which stands as one of the most widely performed chamber music works in the classical repertoire.
Stravinsky's Three Pieces for Strings (1903) composed shortly after The Rites of Spring, was thought to be highly experimental but is characteristically rich with the influences from the traditional and folk music of Russia.
Cheryl Frances-Hoad's My Day in Hell was commissioned by the Dante Quartet for the Cheltenham Festival 2008. The piece is based on Dante's Divine Comedy and influenced by his 'numerical treatment of Hell and Purgatory'.
The net proceeds of the concert have been kindly donated to local charity The Exuberant Trust which provides small grants to young, creative people in Oxfordshire (registered charity no. 1095911).