QUARTET TAKES RESIDENCY AT NOTTINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL
East Midlands leading independent co-educational school, Nottingham High School has formed a three year music residency partnership with the internationally renowned Villiers Quartet.
The Villiers Quartet, who has been described as one of the best young quartets around today, has become the Quartet in Residence at Nottingham High School. They will be working with the school to enrich cultural life, encourage string playing amongst students and chamber music and work with composers of all levels and abilities.
Villiers Quartet visited the school earlier this year when they ran a compositional workshop with Year 10 GCSE students, coached three of the school’s top chamber ensembles, performed at the Infant and Junior Schools and ran a taster session on chamber playing with violinists from Years 8 to 10. In addition they performed Borodin’s String Quartet No.2 at a recital which also included a surprise encore: the first performance of a beautifully moving string quartet composed by Year 11 student, Oliver Hopkins-Burke as part of his GCSE Music.
Future plans include more chamber music coaching, individual masterclasses, a compositional techniques workshop for A level students on the Classical String Quartet and an evening recital which will be open to the general public.
There are also plans to organise a Nottingham Chamber Music Festival in three years time which will be open to the local community.
Stefan Reid, Music Director at Nottingham High School said; “This unique collaboration between a school and an established ensemble will provide some really valuable and inspiring opportunities for our students. We are all looking forward to seeing how the partnership develops.”
Carmen Flores of Villiers Quartet said; "We look forward to this exciting collaboration with Nottingham High School, one of the UK's leading independent schools. We have been energised by the great enthusiasm for music-making shown by the students and staff at the School, and we are proud to share our artistic journey with the Nottingham community. Together, we hope to enrich the scope of chamber music and music ensembles for the region."
A further link to Nottingham High School was that they recently featured on the soundtrack of BBC adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence – a former pupil of Nottingham High School.