SGCO String Quartet



SGCO's String Quartet

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Sunday 17th March 2024, 5:00 pm: SGCO String Quartet 10th Birthday Concert

Biography

The SGCO String Quartet has its origins in a quartet that was formed for a concert tour to Crete in September 2013. The group performed quartets by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Shostakovich and Janacek. The Quartet was very well received and returned for further tours in September 2014 and 2015.

They made their UK debut at St George’s on 8th March 2014 playing Haydn and Janacek quartets from their Cretan tour. Musicians from the world famous Allegri String Quartet joined them for a performance of Brahms’s melodious masterpiece, the sextet in Bb, to conclude the concert.

Quotes

‘SGCO string quartet’s debut concert in Beckenham really impressive with a mesmerisingly beautiful Haydn piece. Bliss.’

‘Congratulations on a superb concert last night in Beckenham: Haydn spirited, Janacek stirring, Brahms magnificent!’

‘Thanks for last night’s concert. It was glorious. As always.’

‘The fabulous SGCO string quartet (pride of Beckenham!)’

‘Another lovely evening of top class music.’

Cretian Tour 2013

‘What a treat to be presented with such accomplished musicians! The programme was chosen well to appeal to all tastes. An enthusiastic “Thank you” to the musicians for a superb evening. They MUST return!’

‘I thought the concert was terrific and the quartet soldiered valiantly through a hot evening’s work to provide immense pleasure to the audience.’

‘Superb concert in Rethymno (Crete). We were amazed that the Quartet is such a recent creation as there was so much understanding and empathy between you all.’

‘Terrific evening in Xania (Crete) last night.’

Peter Graham - Leader

Peter Graham is the quartet’s leader and has been the SGCO’s principal 2nd violin since the formation of the orchestra in 2004.

He has been a member of the second violin section in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for over ten years performing in major concert venues across the UK and abroad. He also enjoys working with other orchestras, appearing with the BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic and John Wilson orchestras, ENO, and Orchestra Nova.

His passion for the violin emerged when he was a teenager studying at the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, under Simon Fischer and Kyra Humphreys. He then went on to study with Dr Felix Andrievsky for five years at the Royal College of Music. This was where Peter’s passion for orchestral playing really blossomed, gaining invaluable experience and huge respect for the repertoire.

After a period as a freelancer, working with many orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, London Mozart Players, Sinfonia of London and John Wilson Orchestra. Peter was awarded his position in the RPO in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. He is very fortunate to be part of an incredible section and to perform in some of the greatest concert halls both at home and abroad on tour.

Peter loves spending time with his family when he’s not performing and is kept very busy by his two young children.

Lucy Curnow - Second violinist

Lucy is the quartet’s second violinist and has been a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years.

She won a government scholarship to the Purcell School, after which she studied with Simon Fischer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating she embarked on an orchestral career, freelancing with the Hallé, Royal Liverpool, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras. She joined the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester in 2000 before becoming a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2003.

Dominic Moore - Violist

Dominic is Musical Director and a founding member of the SGCO the Quartet’s violist and also the leader of Alina orchestra.

He began learning the violin with Pamela Spofforth at the age of 8. He later won scholarships to Winchester College and the Royal College of Music studying the violin with Itzhak Rashkovsky, and also the piano as a joint first study with Peter Element. From the ages of 8-18 he also attended Pro Corda (procorda.com), Europe’s leading chamber music school, where he is now director of their Advanced and Violin courses.

Dominic was previously acting leader of the orchestra for the West End production of Phantom of the Opera.  He has appeared as leader with the Ulster Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Presteigne Festival Orchestra, and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Dominic has recorded many soundtracks for film and TV, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr Who, Miss Marple, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Poldark.

Dominic co-founded the St. George’s Chamber Orchestra, based in Beckenham, in 2004 and has been their musical director since 2008. As well as directing and leading the orchestra he frequently appears as soloist. Solo performances have included the Beethoven violin concerto, Mozart’s A major concerto and the Sinfonia Concertante with the LSO’s principal viola Edward Vanderspar. Dominic made an unexpected conducting debut in October 2008, at very short notice, in a performance of Copland’s clarinet concerto with the clarinettist Jon Carnac, followed by a full debut in May 2011.

Anna Beryl - Cellist

Anna Beryl is the quartet’s cellist. She plays regularly with the UK’s most prestigious ensembles, including the London Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and BBC Concert Orchestras. Anna is also busy as a session musician and has played in many West End shows including Wicked, Aladdin and Phantom of the Opera. She holds a 1st class Honours degree from the Royal Academy of Music and a Master’s and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, New York after studying with Steven Doane.

Links

Website: http://sgco.co.uk

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