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  International Chamber Music in Lewes

Fitzwilliam String Quartet with Nancy Cooley (piano)

Lucy Russell Violin
Marcus Barcham Stevens Violin
Alan George Viola
Sally Pendlebury Cello


Purcell Fantasia No. 10
Barcham Stevens  Double on Fantasia 10
Delius Late Swallows
Julian Broughton Nocturne 'Valdemosa'
Elgar 'In Smyrna' 
Vaughan Williams String Quartet No. 2
Elgar Piano Quintet

The happy combination of Lewes pianist Nancy Cooley with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet brings us a programme of entirely English music: from Purcell through to Uckfield-based Julian Broughton.  The Fitzwilliams are celebrating their 50th anniversary: in March 1969, four first-year Cambridge undergraduates gave a concert in Churchill College.  Alan George was one of those four.  Since then the quartet have been tireless promoters of new music (premiering Shostakovich's last quartets) and were also early champions of period instruments.  After a long residency at York, they now enjoy one, appropriately, at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Nancy Cooley is well known to Lewes audiences not only for her playing but also as the Artistic Director of the Lewes Festival of Song.  After winning the accompanist’s prize in the Walther Grüner International Lieder Competition in 1987 she has specialised in song repertoire and in chamber music.

“The Fitzwilliam in its reincarnated state, with Lucy Russell as leader, captured the soul of the music in their absorption with every gesture and shading.”  The Strad 1997.

Visit The Fitzwilliam Quartet's website.

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