The Bridge Quartet

The Bridge Quartet's players are, as can always be counted on, exemplary in technical address and masters of musicality. They are also serious artists dedicated to promoting the works of their native English composers, of which this brand new release is but another example. PARRY CHAMBER MUSIC EM 016 Jerry Dubins FANFARE magazine 2014

The Bridge String Quartet

Colin Twigg violin 1, Catherine Schofield violin 2
Michael Schofield viola, Lucy Wilding cello

The Bridge Quartet

Since their formation in 1989, the Bridge String Quartet have enjoyed a reputation as ambassadors for English music with their enterprising programming supported by excellent recordings. They have travelled widely to festivals in USA, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria and Kenya and have broadcast English music live on continental radio stations.

The history of the Bridge Quartet has been sprinkled with “discoveries”, some of which have now gone into publication such as Delius 1888 quartet and Alwyn Winter Poems not to mention Bridge’s own early works for quartet and quintet. More recently, research into the ravishing chamber music of Norman O’Neill, has culminated in their first release for EM Records, attracting admiration from audiences and critics alike:

“The performances are superb, the recording vivid and beautifully balanced. The presentation is ideal and if in any way you like English music then this disc is a must. Even if you don’t, this disc is a must. In fact you have little choice: buy it, please.”

Whilst English repertoire features highly in the quartet’s programming, they also devise interesting programming with more standard classics juxtaposed with unusual repertoire. They have just recorded a CD of chamber music by Ibert and their “Free Spirits” disc featured Grieg’s Impressive G minor quartet to great critical acclaim, receiving a Strad magazine Chamber music CD choice of the month.

”The Bridge Quartet give here arguably the finest account of Grieg's G minor Quartet since the 1937 Budapest version, and certainly the most idiomatic of all modern recordings. This is noble playing, admirably recorded
International Record Review, June 2001 “Free Spirits” CD Delius Grieg Quartets

As Kirckmann Concert Society artists they received 3 South Bank recital opportunities and have subsequently given several Wigmore Hall capacity concerts. Other highlights have included the City of London Festival, the English Music Festival, the “Haydnfest” in Manchester, and Warwick International Chamber Music Series. The Bridge Quartet enjoy performing with other musicians. Guest artists they have worked with include cellist Paul Watkins, clarinettists David Campbell and Richard Hosforth, Nigel Clayton pianist and more recently with pianist Michael Dussek and tenor Charles Daniels on Vaughan Williams ”On Wenlock Edge”

“here was a performance which wasn’t a singer with five other musicians, it was a true chamber performance by six equals who worked together with the utmost subtlety and a superb sense of ensemble”
20th Anniversary gala concert May 2010 St Johns Smith Square, Classical Source.

The Bridge Quartet have a diverse educational portfolio, developing varied links from Hounslow Community residency to an association with Kingston University. They are respected coaches of students and amateur chamber musicians and their recent courses in France, Holland and in this country have been very popular. Artistic collaborations include “Shared platforms” and “CamBRIDGE Connection Concerts”.

To support some of these projects, they gratefully acknowledge the support of the Bridge Quartet Initiative Trust (charity no. 1133156).

“the superb Bridge Quartet” Sunday Telegraph

Bridge Quartets 2 & 3 (Meridian84311)
Bridge Quartets 1 & 4 (Meridian84369)
"Free Spirits" quartets by Grieg and Delius including premiere recording of 1888 quartet movements (Meridian84401)
Bridge Quartet in B flat premiere recording and Viola Quintet in E minor with Ivo Jan van der Werff viola (Meridian84525)
Alwyn Chamber Music (Naxos8.570340)
Bridge Chamber music including the Piano Quintet with Michael Dussek (Somm087)
Norman O’Neill Chamber music for EM records (EM005)
Ibert Chamber music (SOMM0122)

2017 The Bridge Quartet