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Monday, 24 August 2015

Coull Quartet concert for children’s cancer charity CLIC-Sargent: 15th September, Packington Hall

The internationally renowned Coull Quartet are to perform works by Haydn and Debussy on Tuesday 15th September, 2015 in support of the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent at the second in a series of annual charity musical evenings organised by the Worsted Weavers Guild. The concert on 15th September 2015 will be in the Pompeiian Hall at Packington Hall in Warwickshire (~ 20 minutes north of Kenilworth).  Packington Hall is an 18th-century Grade II* listed mansion set in 300 acres of parkland designed by Capability Brown and situated within a remnant of the original Forest of Arden. Use of the Pompeiian Hall is by kind permission of Lord Aylesford. The Hall is not normally open to the public. 

Order tickets for concert and reception

The  children’s cancer charity  CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.  CLIC Sargent provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. CLIC Sargent aims to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment. CLIC  Sargent is active nationally, and locally in the Warwickshire and Coventry area. 
Detail: Pompeiian Room

Pompeiian Room

The performance will be followed by a reception on Packington Hall Terrace with wine/soft drinks and canapés. TIckets for the concert and the reception are £35 per person.

Map of Packington Hall


6.30 pm Packington Hall – arrival 

7 pm Coull Quartet – performance in the Pompeiian Hall
Haydn Op. 74 No.2 in F Major
Debussy Quartet Op.10 in G minor

8 pm   Reception: wine and canapés

9 pm Close

THE COULL QUARTET are Roger Coull violin, Philip Gallaway violin, Jonathan Barritt viola and Nicholas Roberts cello.

‘…the magnificent, seasoned ensemble of the Coull’. (The Strad)
This year the Coull Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary. Formed in 1974 by students at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of renowned quartet leader, Sidney Griller, they rapidly achieved national recognition, and were appointed Quartet-in-Residence by the University of Warwick in 1977, a post which they still hold today.

The Quartet, which includes two of its founder members, has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, and has made tours of Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, China, India and the Far East. Since the mid-1980s the Coull Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire closest to their hearts, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert quartets to 20th century and contemporary British chamber music.

Their CD of quartets by Maw and Britten on the Somm label has received universal acclaim; in addition to being featured in ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Gramophone, it was also described as the ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music Magazine. Their recordings of music by Sibelius and Ian Venables have also received excellent reviews in the major musical publications. Their impressive and unusual list of commissions includes works by Sally Beamish, Edward Cowie, Joe Cutler, David Matthews, Nicholas Maw, and Robert Simpson.

These include string quartets, quintets with piano or wind player, works with solo voice or choir, and even a piece for quartet and table tennis players! The rare combination of maturity and freshness which characterises the Quartet’s performances is often singled out by reviewers: “Here the playing is so brimful with enthusiasm and commitment, and at the same time so infused with the accumulated wisdom of three decades, that the music simply reinvents itself as it should”.  (The Strad)

Worsted Weavers’ Guild of Coventry 
The history of merchant guilds in Coventry goes back at least to 1267. The original roles of the guilds included providing training for their professions and ensuring the quality of what was produced. The National Archives record a Company of Worsted Weavers, Coventry, from circa 1448; and a Company and Fellowship of Worsted Weavers and Silk Weavers, City of Coventry, from 1628. In 1703 the worsted weavers of Coventry, whose trade had then lately improved, were separated from the silk weavers to form their own company as a member of the guilds of the city. In modern times the Worsted Weavers and other guilds of the city continue in a charitable role.