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The Heath at the Proms

slide2The Heath Quartet, who played at Cratfield in 2010 and will do so again in 2015, have performed for the first time at a BBC Prom this year: they appeared with Carolyn Sampson and the Tallis Scholars under Peter Philips in a late-night all-Tavener Prom at 21.15 on Monday 4 August at the Royal Albert Hall.  The concert, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, ended just before the moment on 4 August 1914 when war was formally declared.

George Hall in The Guardian said: ‘Accompanied by trombonists Barry Clements and Roger Harvey, plus all four members of the Heath Quartet, soprano soloist Carolyn Sampson floated a line of the purest ethereality over the choir’s complex harmony beneath a setting of lines from the Latin Mass for the Dead, which was interspersed by individual words of significance to those of Hindu faith. The result reached a level of sheer sonic beauty rarely achieved in contemporary music’.  The concert was televised on BBC2 on Sunday 10 August but is still available on the iPlayer.

The quartet were also featured playing the last movement of Tippett, String quartet no 2, on Proms Extra on Saturday 2 August on BBC2 (also available via the iPlayer).  More details about the quartet from its website: click here.