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2022 Event – The Carducci Quartet

Friday 23 September 2022




7.30pm, Cardiff University Concert Hall


Described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality″, the Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets. This is a unique opportunity to hear the Carducci’s over three events, including, with the ensemble’s favourite works, the UK premiere of “Lines made by walking” by John Luther Adams.




John Luther Adams
Lines made by Walking (European Premiere)


Huw Watkins
String Quartet


Tarik O’Regan  


An internationally renowned Anglo-Irish string quartet based in the UK, the versatile and award-winning Carducci String Quartet has performed everything from brand new quartets, classic works by Haydn, complete Shostakovich cycles, and even partnered with folk-rock icon Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Founded in 1997, the ensemble has won numerous international competitions, including Concert Artists Guild International Competition USA 2007 and First Prize at Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition 2004.


The VAle of Glamorgan Festival is honoured to present the European Premiere of Festival featured composer John Luther Adams’ Lines made by Walking. This is an intimate yet powerful three-movement piece, and perhaps Adams’s most personal work of the past few years. It is music that is ever in motion, ever ambling across the landscape, ever altering its perspective before the listener.


I. Up the Mountain
II. Along the Ridges
III. Down the Mountain


The idea of space and place is also highly evident in Tarik O’Regan’s palindromic “Gradual”. Structured in 30 very short sections, this work was inspired by the gentle environmental variations – “the in-between” as the Composer calls it – in the undocumented parts of the journey witnessed by the Composer’s on his journey around Idaho.


And, after two years of patient waiting and one pandemic later, we are thrilled to finally present Festival featured Composer Huw Watkin’s String Quartet.


The concert will be preceded by a pre-performance video relay – “In discussion with John Luther Adams” at 18.45.

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