On May 21 the Edinburgh Quartet will perform the world premiere of a new String Quartet by Helen Grime at Queen's Hall, Edinburgh.
Helen has a strong existing catalogue of chamber music, but this is her first piece for string quartet. The work has been commissioned by the Edinburgh Quartet with funding from Creative Scotland, the RVW Trust, the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Hope Scott Trust and the PRS for Music Foundation.
Grime says of the piece “When I was approached to write a piece for the Edinburgh Quartet I was delighted – I had wanted to write a string quartet for quite some time and was waiting for the right time and opportunity to do so. The string quartet has one of the richest repertoire and history behind it, so for me, one of the main challenges was letting go of all those associations and approaching it like I would for any other combination. The piece is in three movements, but they all run together without a break, the material of the new movement overlapping with the end of the previous one. My music tends to be organic and this is very much true of the quartet.”
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The quartet will perform the piece again on June 7 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.