String Quartet Recital
12th September 2021
Tickets £10 on the door
The Cirrus String Quartet
The Cirrus String Quartet
"Artists of real distinction".
"A spellbinding performance of style and elan"
"A beautiful, lively performance, full of atmosphere"
Formed in 1992 Cirrus, is a flexibly sized group which performs in a variety of combinations. The players are all leading solo and chamber music performers based in London. The core of the group is made up of the string quartet, but Cirrus also performs regularly with a number of top woodwind players, pianists and virtuoso guitarist Richard Durrant.
The group has released a number of CDs, one of string quartets by Grieg and Sibelius, 2 CDs with Richard Durrant, a CD of music for wind and strings by Mozart and a CD of String Sextets, and most recently in 2019 they released a CD of the 2 quartets of Janacek.
Cirrus has performed at the Wigmore Hall, been recorded by BBC radio and appeared on TV.
Martin Smith (Violin )
Martin Smith was a scholarship winner at the Royal Academy of Music. For some years he was a member of the Duke String Quartet, and he has also appeared with the Allegri and Bridge Quartets As an orchestral player Martin plays with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, of which he has been a member for many years. He also leads New London Sinfonia and Orchestra Nova, and has appeared as guest leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Martin is also active as a conductor. He has appeared with the London Mozart Players, and has led orchestral workshops for them and for ESTA. He has been conductor and artistic director of Enfield Chamber Orchestra since 2008, and of the Richmond Orchestra since 2016, and has also worked with various other orchestras in the south of England.
Martin plays on a violin made by Domenico Busan in Venice c.1770
Suzanne Loze (Violin)
After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Suzanne joined the Bournemouth Sinfonietta in 1988 as co-principal second. Since then she has freelanced with many of the London orchestras including the RPO, Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, CLS, ENO and Britten Sinfonia of which she is a member. She appears as guest principal second with the CBSO. In addition, she has been leader of the Essex Chamber Orchestra since 2006 and was soloist in the Beethoven violin concerto in 2013. Suzanne’s violin is a very fine copy of a Gagliano by George Wulme Hudson, Walthamstow, c.1930. Her grandfather bought it from the maker.
Morgan Goff (Viola)
Morgan Goff works extensively as a session, chamber and solo violist alongside his freelance career in the West End. He was the violist of the Kreutzer Quartet for ten years. He has performed and recorded extensively with numerous chamber ensembles in London, including the Locrian Ensemble, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, the Fiorini Trio, the English Piano Trio, Aurora Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. Morgan has also recorded for many Hollywood films, video games and pop music. He has performed and recorded a large number of English works for viola and piano with Raphael Terroni. Morgan’s viola was made by Daniel Parker, London, 1715.
David Burrowes (Cello)
Born in Dublin, David Burrowes sang as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. Later, he was a choral scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read music. He has played as guest principal with the London Mozart Players and City of London Sinfonia, as well as performing extensively with the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.
He held the post of Principal Cello in the London production of Phantom of the Opera from 1998- 2020, and is currently Principal Cello for English Classical Players and Southern Pro Musica.
David has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Q.E.H., and Purcell Room with Cirrus and Primavera, and has appeared on a considerable number of chamber CDs with both groups. Amongst his teaching posts, David holds the post of Associate Lecturer in Cello at the University of Surrey. He plays on a cello made by Thomas Kennedy in London in 1801.
Franz Josef Haydn: Quartet in Bb op.64 no.3
Menuet and Trio
Allegro con spirit
William Henry Reed: Quartet no.4 in C major
Lento ma non troppo
Allegretto – Presto
Adagio – Tranquillo e scherzoso
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in A minor op.132
Assai sostenuto – Allegro
Allegro ma non tanto
Canzona: Molto adagio – Andante
Alla Marcia, assai vivace
Allegro appassionata – Presto