The Eris Quartet

When: Sunday, July 12th 2009, Start Time: 16:00

On Sunday, July 12th at 4pm in the Stables, Cromarty, Cromarty Arts Trust will host a delightful afternoon of chamber music with some very strong local connections. For not only will the cellist in the group have made her mark already on the Black Isle, but the music performed will have very strong associations as well.
The cellist in the quartet, Sarah Spence, studied with Isobel Grant at Avoch Primary then Fortrose Academy before traveling down to Edinburgh to study with Pat Hair. Whilst studying at the City of Edinburgh Music School she met Emma Lloyd, together they formed the Apollo Quartet and played concerts to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland. Emma and Sarah are now both studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where they formed the Eris Quartet two years ago. Kay Stephen, viola, is from Aberdeen and is now in her final year at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Aaron McGregor is from Orkney and is now in his final year at Edinburgh University, Emma Lloyd in her third year at Manchester and Sarah Spence is currently in her final year studying with Gregor Horsch.

The Quartet have performed music by the Earl of Kelly and other Scottish composers from the 18th Century. As well as playing string quartets they performed trios with Aaron McGregor playing the continuo on the harpsichord. The Quartet was lucky enough to perform in St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh where the Earl of Kelly himself performed over 200 years ago. After playing the same programme in Elie in Fife the quartet has been asked to perform at Kellie Castle where the composer was born. The Earl of Kelly also has strong connections with Inverness, where manuscripts of much of his music was found in Kilravock castle in the 1980s. Without these precious manuscripts we would not have the string quartets or some of his piano trios as well as other wind music.
The Eris Quartet’s concerts series during Easter raised £400 for Alzheimer Scotland and led to invitations to perform at the Pittenweem Arts Festival and Kellie Castle in Fife later this summer.
Their programme will consist of:
Earl of Kelly String Quartet in C minor
Haydn Op. 20 No. 2
Newly commissioned work for the Eris Quartet work by STMM shortlisted young composer Charlie Usher.
Borodin No. 2 in D major

For more information, please contact the Cromarty Arts Trust on 01381 600354 or email
Ticket prices: £10 / £8 and £3 for children under 16

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19 Bank Street, Cromarty
IV11 8YE Scotland

T: 01381 600354


Cromarty Arts Trust is recognised as a Scottish Charity number SC003018

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