Wed 3 March
Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music
Opera North String Quartet
David Greed – violin
Katherine New – violin
David Aspin – viola
Jessica Burroughs – cello
Haydn String Quartet in D Opus 1 No 3 listen
ii Menuetto and Trio
iv Menuetto and Trio
Brahms String Quartet in B flat Opus 67 listen
iii Agitato (Allegretto non troppo)
iv Poco Allegretto con Variazioni
How to access the concert
>>> to listen to the concert live click here at 1.05pm on concert day
The Opera North String Quartet is made up of section leaders from the Orchestra of Opera North, and has been performing throughout the north of England since 2011.
The quartet has given concerts at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, Clothworkers Hall in the lunchtime concert series at Leeds University, the Dewsbury Town Hall lunchtime concert series, as well as having previously appeared at the Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts at The Venue, Leeds Conservatoire. These fine artists enjoy passionately performing works from all ages in the wonderful world of the string quartet repertoire.
David Greed has been leader of the Opera North orchestra since the company was founded in 1978. He has appeared as guest leader with many prominent orchestras including the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Philharmonia, City of Birmingham, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Norwegian Opera. He has performed much of the violin concerto repertoire with Opera North and other orchestras around the region. David has recorded the Elgar Violin Concerto and ‘The Lark Ascending’. He is also Music Director of the Sinfonia of Leeds and has held the position of guest conductor of the Kasak State Symphony Orchestra. He coaches for the National Youth and European Union Youth orchestras, and at Chetham’s School. David plays on a J.B. Guadagnini violin made in 1757.
Katherine New has been a member of the Orchestra of Opera North since 1991, eventually to become the section leader. She studied at the Royal College of Music, during which time she won the Leonard Hirsch Prize for Violin. She also studied chamber music at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. She has appeared with the London Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and Royal Opera House Orchestra, the latter as guest principal 2nd violin.
David Aspin (viola section leader Opera North) has appeared as guest principal viola with the BBC Philharmonic, Halle, RSNO, Northern Sinfonia, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras. He is a member of the Psappha and Chroma ensembles and he has a strong commitment to the performance and recording of contemporary music. He has conducted masterclasses in New Zealand and has recorded the Telemann Viola Concerto with the Lancashire Sinfonietta. In 2013 David performed the Walton concerto with the Orchestra of Opera North. He is a viola tutor at the RNCM and coaches sections of the National Youth Orchestra and at Chetham’s School.
Jessica Burroughs (cello section leader Opera North) has performed as guest principal cello with the City of Birmingham, English National Opera, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Swedish Opera, London Chamber and BBC Philharmonic orchestras. She has appeared as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed concerti and recitals around the UK at venues including St John’s Smith Square, London, Warwick Arts Centre, Ripon Cathedral and Huddersfield Town Hall. She performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Orchestra of Opera North. Festival appearances have taken her to Texas, Greece, Dublin, Lucerne and Cyprus.
Please note this will be a live audio stream and the information about how to access it will appear here on the day.
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