Edinburgh String Quartet makes welcome return to Falkirk Town Hall

The Edinburgh String Quartet are returning to Falkirk. Picture: Julie Tinton
The Edinburgh String Quartet are returning to Falkirk. Picture: Julie Tinton

A world class string quartet which aims find new audiences to inspire and enthuse is making a welcome return to Falkirk Town Hall.

The Edinburgh String Quartet was formed 64 years ago and has carried the flag for chamber music in Scotland ever since.

The players may have changed in the interim but their dedication to quality performance has never waned.

The Quartet has prémiered and championed the first performances of string quartets by many of the foremost contemporary composers.

The group was formed and supported in the early sixties by Professor Newman of the Faculty of Music in Edinburgh University and the first leader was Miles Baster. The present quartet is led by Tristan Gurney who leads the second violins in the Scottish Ensemble.

Gordon Bragg, second violin, is from a well-known Dunblane musical family, while viola player Jessica Beeston is carrying on the family line as her father, Michael, was the viola player in the quartet for many years. Cellist, Mark Bailey, is the longest established player in the present quartet.

The Quartet makes a welcome return to Falkirk Town Hall a few years after its stunning performance of the Mendelssohn Octet in company with the Alba String Quartet.

This time, the Quartet will perform quartets by Haydn, Schumann and Debussy.

Bob and Christine Tait, of Classic Music Live! Falkirk, have fond memories of hearing and working with the Edinburgh Quartet at summer schools in St Andrews University in the early 1960’s.

Bob said: “The Edinburgh Quartet introduced us to a whole new world of music making.”

The aim of the “modern Edinburgh quartet” hasn’t changed. It still hopes to maintain the audience and expand and enthuse new audiences for chamber music by performing works of past masters and emerging composers.

The concert is in Falkirk Town Hall on Friday, November 14. Tickets, priced £11, (students £3) are available from the Steeple Box Office(01324 506850) or at the door on the evening of the performance.