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The Kenley Quartet visit CYMT 30 November

The Kenley Quartet, postgraduates students from Guildhall School of Music & Drama, will be visiting CYMT & Richard Huish College on 29 & 30 Nov. There will be free workshops (for 5-18s) and free lunchtime concerts open to all.

The Quartet is made up of James Flannery (Violin), Joana Praça (Violin), Ivelina Krasteva (Piano) and Benedict Swindells (Cello).

FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

Aspen – room A1 (external visitors must sign in at Reception).

CONCERT 12:40 Free lunchtime concert with music by Mozart, Brahms & Faure. All welcome.

WORKSHOP 14 :3 0 – 15:30 Open to Huish students and local school students.

SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

WORKSHOPS – Open to anyone aged 5-18, booking is essential – please email taunton@cym.org.uk.

9:30 – 10:00 Strings Workshop (up to Grade 3) in Willow – room W10

10:00 – 10:30 Strings workshop (Grade 4 & over) in Willow Cafe

10:45 – 11:15 Piano workshop (up to Grade 3) in Aspen – room A101

11:15 – 11:45 Piano workshop (Grade 4 & over) in Aspen – room A1

CONCERT SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER – Willow Cafe

12 : 0 0 – 12:45 Concert with music by Mozart, Brahms & Faure. Open to all, free admission.

Before forming The Kenley Piano Quartet at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017, Ivelina, Joana, Benedict and James individually studied in Bulgaria, Portugal, Japan and in England, where chamber music was a huge part of their lives. Since forming as an official group, they have studied in depth a variety of repertoire including quartets by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler and Fauré. They frequently perform these works in recitals in London in venues such as Milton Court Concert Hall. Most recently the quartet performed the Fauré G minor Piano Quartet as finalists in the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Prize at the Guildhall. While all still studying, the quartet frequently received masterclasses from artistes such as Levon Chilingirian OBE, Simon Blendis, Carole Presland and from members of the Heath and Endellion String Quartets. As much as learning is important for the quartet, providing music education as an ensemble is an equal priority. Last year the quartet were fortunate enough to collaborate with Carnegie Hall’s affiliate ensemble, the Decoda Ensemble from New York. The quartet worked with the ensemble on the Piano Quartet repertoire and produced education workshops to make the repertoire accessible by children as young as four. The workshops were then provided in schools around London and were a great success.

For more information please contact CYMT: 07754217993 taunton@cym.org.uk