4 Reasons to watch the VQ New Works Competition Final!
1) Is it another concert?
- NO, it is not just another concert. It is the Competition Final, a totally unique occasion.
You will down with your eyes and ears open, listening to the piece for the first time. It is the same experience for everybody to hear these works together for the first time (including for us, the Villiers Quartet!), and you, as the audience will vote. Three composers, YOU decide!
2) Is the music my cup of tea?
-Maybe it will be, or maybe not. The point is that you will tell us by voting for your favourite piece. These 3 finalists were chosen by online viewers, these are the pieces which attracted the listeners. We are not after the composition which was written by the smartest student from a top university (no offence composition professors!). We are after the music which speaks to you as an audience, so we want you to be there to share in this performance of competition final.
3) I only like Beethoven and Brahms, why should I bother?
-I like Beethoven and Brahms too. I like Haydn. I like ….so many composers. Aren’t we lucky to have these great compositions written for string quartet? Why? Because it is string quartet, one of the purest forms of ensemble. That’s why historically all composers studied the previous masterworks of the string quartet repertoire. And I do believe that many of today's composers love the Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms quartets. But life continues on....and we keep creating new music in any form which is a reflection of our own thoughts. It is such a honour to work with composers who come closer to creating their own unique works, and I do truly want YOU to be there.
4) Can you give me a sneak preview?
-Simon Parkin’s composition is so unique. His quote of “my aesthetic is the post-modernist one: to make the strange sound familiar, and the familiar sound strange” sums it up. The idea itself could be very straight-forward, but could also get distorted with strange sound as if you are going into the world of Charles Munch.
-Jose Gozales Granero’s beautiful melody and harmonical landscape sets the scene. It sounds as if you are watching Puccini’s opera.
-Matthew Browne is a clever guy! His composition is skillful. But it is great to find his wit in his composition. Lots of ideas packed in four movements.
If you are in UK, come to Kings Place, Hall Two on September 21st at 6:30PM, for tickets click here.
If you live anywhere else in the world, view the event's LIVE WEBCAST HERE on
September 21st 6:30 GMT and vote!