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Fitzwilliam String Quartet take up residency at University of St Andrews Music Centre

2:35, 11th October 2018

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet has been announced as quartet-in-residence at the University of St Andrews Music Centre.

As part of the residency the quartet will coach student string players and scholarship groups, and mentor advanced players looking to enter postgraduate study or the music profession. The group will also participate in special projects with university groups such as Byre Opera and the Strings in Spring course.

Michael Downes, the University’s director of music, said: ‘Since the Fitzwilliam String Quartet first visited St Andrews in 2010, they have made an enormous impact on musical life in the university and the town. As one of the few leading British quartets to perform regularly on both modern and period instruments, their incredibly versatile musicianship has been displayed in projects as diverse as productions of Baroque opera, CD recordings with St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, and premiering contemporary works with principals from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.’

Lucy Russell, the quartet’s first violinist, commented: ‘It is a huge privilege to be appointed as the quartet-in-residence. The group is excited to be associated with this exceptional university, and will be delighted to contribute to its already burgeoning musical scene.’

The residency will be launched at a special concert with the St Andrews Chamber Orchestra on 20 October.



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