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

The Bridge String Quartet

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

The Bridge Quartet

Colin Twigg violin    Catherine Schofield violin    Michael Schofield viola     Lucy Wilding cello

Since 1989, the Bridge String Quartet of London has enjoyed a reputation as an ambassador for English music through enterprising programming supported by excellent recordings. The group has travelled widely to festivals in USA, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria and Kenya and has broadcast English music live on the BBC and on various 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’s  “Winter Poems”, not to mention Bridge’s own early works for quartet and quintet. Their CDs of Frank Bridge chamber music all received great critical acclaim, the most recent of these featuring his Piano Quintet, Rhapsody String Trio, “Lament” for 2 violas and smaller quartet works (SOMMCD0082)     “…an outstanding recital of Bridge chamber works … this fine ensemble sounds utterly transported by these rarefied sounds” 
Strad September 2009

As chosen artists for EM Recordings, the quartet members have relished opportunities to research and perform chamber music including neglected works by Norman O’Neill and Sir Hubert Parry.  The quartet has also celebrated on CD the specifically English genre of the “Phantasy Quartet”, with which WW Cobbett inspired colourful and terrifically varied youthful works from composers such as Hurlstone, Howells, Holst and Goossens. They are excited about their latest EMR CD “Heracleitus”, a WW1 Gurney and Butterworth collaboration with tenor Charles Daniels and pianist Michael Dussek. This has inspired a “follow-on” 2018 CD project of Gurney’s song cycle “The Western Playland” (in a new edition) with Roderick Williams baritone, and the completion of Gurney’s 1925 D minor quartet. The second movement Adagio from the D minor quartet was premiered alongside Butterworth “Suite” in the “Heracleitus” CD   “the Bridges unfold Gurney’s rather discursive “Adagio” with quiet tenderness; it is hard to believe that neither of these pieces has been recorded in its original form until now.   Gramophone February 2017

An unusual asset, if not unique, of the Bridge Quartet is having within its ranks its own composer “in residence”. The leader, Colin Twigg, who recently had an encore piece performed by the CBSO, has also composed specifically for the Bridge Quartet.  A CD featuring his chamber music compositions ( including 2 quartets, a piano quartet and a string trio) has just been released by Toccata Classics with excellent reviews "Performances, recording and Twigg's booklet notes are all exemplary, making for a worthwhile addition to Toccata Classics enterprising catalogue" Gramophone August 2017

 As Kirckmann Concert Society artists the Quartet received 3 South Bank recital opportunities and has 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 enjoys performing with other musicians. Guest artists whom the members have welcomed include cellist Paul Watkins, clarinettists David Campbell and Richard Hosford, pianist Nigel Clayton 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”  Gala concert May 2010 St Johns Smith Square, Classical Source.

The Bridge Quartet has a diverse educational portfolio, developing varied links from Hounslow Community residency to associations with University of Roehampton and Kingston University. The four members are each highly respected coaches of students and amateur chamber musicians and their courses in France, Holland and in this country are always well subscribed. 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)   

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“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”   FANFARE magazine USA Jan/Feb 2014

“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)

2018 The Bridge Quartet