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The Music Room

The Music Room

In Episodes 11 and 12 of The Music Room, the Dante Quartet performs Beethoven’s great Opus 130 and the Große Fuge Opus 133.

Beethoven

Watch both episodes consecutively on YouTube or on Vimeo from 19:30 on Friday 27th November.

In the two-part finale to The Music Room series, the Dante Quartet and actor David Timson explore two of Beethoven’s late quartets, Op. 130 and Op. 133, the titanic Große Fuge. As the voice of Beethoven, David Timson brings to life this remarkable, personal and profound music in a narrative by writer Clare Norburn. The quartet is performed complete, while the narrative, formed from original source material interwoven with Norburn’s creative writing, casts a new light both on the music and on Beethoven as a human being.

The Dante Quartet was recorded ‘as live’ in August 2020 in St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury. David Timson’s narrative was recorded from lockdown at his home studio.

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The tenth of Zoë Beyers' conversations in The Music Room is with Shropshire-based international composer Luke Bedford.

Luke Bedford

Luke Bedford, a composer of international renown, has written a piece for solo violin, Double Prelude, specifically for Episode 10 of The Music Room. Zoë and Luke will be discussing the inspiration behind Double Prelude and the art and method of Luke’s compositional process. The programme will feature the world première of the work, which juxtaposes the sonority of Bach’s solo violin music with fleeting, lilting snatches of dream-like melody.

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The ninth of Zoë Beyers' conversations in The Music Room is with author Natalie Cumming.

Natalie Cumming

In this episode, Natalie Cumming shares a deeply moving account of her family members’ experiences in World War II and the violin that binds their stories together. Young Greek violinist Ezo Sarici, who played Natalie’s violin at the Menuhin School, adds her voice and her music to the programme.

The Fiddle is a true story, tracing a precious violin across landscapes devastated by war and terror, to safety and restoration in 21st century Britain. Abraham and his family flee the Bolsheviks in 1917, from St. Petersburg to Odessa and safety in the UK. Abraham’s skill on the violin earns them food and lodgings, as they struggle on foot through the freezing Russian winter.

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Dynamic young Shropshire-born conductor Ben Gernon talks to Zoë Beyers' in the eighth conversation in The Music Room.

Ben Gernon

One of the youngest conductors ever to hold a titled position with a BBC orchestra, Ben Gernon was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017. His rise from student at the Guildhall to one of the brightest lights of the young generation of conductors has been nothing less than meteoric, but Ben’s wise head and infectious sense of humour - also hallmarks of his conducting - have stood him in good stead during lockdown. He talks openly about his experiences as a young conductor in the music industry, the challenge of persuading 80 people to play together, and what really matters to him in music.

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Catherine Arlidge, MBE, Artistic and Educational Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of GB talks to Zoë Beyers in the seventh conversation of The Music Room series

Catherine Arlidge, MBE

“Catherine Arlidge is not only one of our most inspiring, valued and unstinting musicians but also one of our strongest and most idealistic personalities.” – Sir Simon Rattle.

Catherine is a ‘portfolio’ musician, performing many roles including Artistic and Educational Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of GB, CBSO Violinist, Concert Presenter and founder member of The Stringcredibles.

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