Saturday, 25 September 2021
Catriona McDermid, bassoon, with the Florian String Quartet
8pm (doors open 7.30pm)
Nicola LeFanu: Harlequin Memories - bassoon and string quartet
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G major, Op 76, No 1
Roxanna Panufnik: Cantator & Amanda - bassoon and string quartet
Toby Young: The Creation of Electricity - bassoon and string quartet
This is an exciting mixed programme of classical and contemporary music. Alongside Haydn's string quartet, with its wonderful adagio, Nicola LeFanu's composition "Harlequin Memories" will be performed here for only the second time, while Toby Young’s piece, inspired by the experiments of the 18th-century physicist and polymath Benjamin Franklin, was originally composed for Catriona and the Navarra String Quartet.
Catriona read music at Lincoln College, Oxford and has recently graduated with distinction in her Masters degree at the Royal College of Music. She is in demand as an orchestral bassoonist, performing with leading period instrument ensembles such as Florilegium, English Baroque Soloists, English Touring Opera and Mozartists/Classical Opera and playing as guest principal with orchestras such as London Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Catriona is also a passionate chamber musician - and has previously played for us with the Magnard Ensemble, when they also performed a wonderful children’s programme as part of their 'Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music' project to celebrate Roald Dahl’s centenary.
Based in London and Manchester, the Florian Quartet's members trained at some of the UK's most prestigious conservatoires and universities, including the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford and Birmingham Universities.
Concert kindly sponsored by Stephen Massil
“The Florian had the audience in the palm of their hands and the edges of their seat … truly outstanding chamber music.” Donald Judge, Bollington Chamber Concerts, 2018