We were thrilled to join the BBT family last year having been awarded the Special Ensemble Award. It has been an invaluable part of our development as a quartet, and the support given by Susan, David and Debra continues to enable our dreams to come true!Heath Quartet"
Oliver Heath violin
Cerys Jones violin
Gary Pomeroy viola
Christopher Murray cello
The Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment and are being showcased by the Emerging Talent Scheme of the Wigmore Hall, with plans for the 2017/18 season including a cycle of Jörg Widmann's string quartets.
The quartet’s debut CD was released in autumn 2015 on the Wigmore LIVE label featuring the Tippett quartets, winning the Gramophone Chamber Award 2016. The 2016/17 season sees their discography develop on the Harmonia Mundi label, with two releases featuring Tchaikovsky's 1st and 3rd, and the complete Bartok quartets respectively – both projects part-funded by the Quartet’s Borletti-Buitoni Trust Special Ensemble Scholarship 2011.
Projects this season include collaborations with pianists Hannes Minnaar and James Baillieu, clarinettist Michael Collins and guitarist Xeifei Yang, a return to the Konzerthaus Berlin and numerous appearances in the UK including concerts in Bath, Birmingham, Manchester and Oxford. Regular visitors to the United States the quartet has upcoming performances in Seattle, Washington and Toronto. They’ve previously made their debut in New York at both Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre, and have a continued residence at Middlebury College in Vermont.
The quartet are also extremely active on the summer festival circuit in the UK, with recent marathon appearance at the Ryedale and Kilkenny Festivals.
Photographs by Sussie Ahlburg, Kaupo Kikkas
- New concert suits
- Computer upgrade
- New photos
- Two CDs for Harmonia Mundi of Tchaikovsky’s Quartets Nos 1 & 3 and live recordings of the Bartok String Quartets
- Website update
Tchaikovsky String Quartets Nos 1 & 3
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 1 II Andante cantabile
Tchaikovsky:String Quartet No 3 I Allegro moderato (end)
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 3 III Andante funebre e doloroso, ma con moto (excerpt)
For the Heath Quartet’s debut recording for Harmonia Mundi USA, Tchaikovsky’s first and last string quartets make a contrasting pairing. The first includes the famous Andante cantabile, here heard in its original context.
HMU 907665 | www.harmoniamundi.com
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
INTRODUCING JAMES BAILLIEU IIView from the Piano - First among equals in chamber music
BBT Fellowship winner in 2012, pianist James Baillieu is the focus of a season-long series of concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, 2015-2016. Appearing with vocal and instrumental collaborators as well as formulating wide-ranging programmes, the series is also being documented on film by TallWall Media, supported by BBT. In this second film James explores chamber music collaboration - and old friendships - with fellow BBT winners, the Heath Quartet (Special Ensemble Scholarship 2011)