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Music quartet among star attractions at North Wales international song fest

Published date: 13 August 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A QUARTET who have forged a reputation as one of the UK’s best exponents of chamber music, will be among the star attractions at the North Wales International Music Festival, St Asaph, next month.

In their first ever appearance at the festival The Tippett String Quartet will pay homage to Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s Intimate Letters as well as performing pieces by another Czech composer, Antonín Leopold Dvořák.

The festival takes place between September 20 and 27, with the help of the Welsh Arts Council, and is held at St Asaph Cathedral

Bozidar Vukotic, Cellist and founding member of the Tippett String Quartet, is looking forward to introducing the North Wales audience to the music that Janáček penned and based on his unrequited passion for a woman 30 years his junior.

“The Intimate Letters concert is very, very emotional and you can read and understand Janáček’s thoughts through his music,” said London-born Bozidar, the son of an Italian/Montenegrin father and an Essex mother.

“He was in his 60s when he became infatuated with a woman, called Kamila Stösslová, who didn’t seek his affections nor completely rejected them either.

“Janáček used his love letters to Kamila as inspiration for his music.

“We will be reading extracts from the letters during the concert to give the audience an understanding of what the composer was feeling when he wrote each movement. I think it really shines through and is such beautiful music.”

Mr Vukotic, who began playing the violin aged three before switching to the cello and studying at London’s Guildhall School of Music said: “It will be an emotional and fabulous evening at St Asaph and I would encourage anyone who likes music that comes from the heart to come along and enjoy what I’m sure will be a fabulous concert.

“As a quartet we are delighted to be coming to North Wales to perform.

“It’s hard to explain but a Welsh audience seems to understand music and respond very differently to any other. I’m always excited about performing in Wales.”

North Wales International Music Festival’s Artistic Director Ann Atkinson said: “The quartet richly deserves their reputation as one of the UK’s best string quartets and I’m absolutely delighted they have agreed to perform at St Asaph.

Among the other star attractions this year is piano virtuoso Llyr Williams, Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei Yang and pianist David Owen Norris, Mid Wales Opera.

The climax of the festival on the final Saturday will be the premiere of a new work by talented Anglesey composer Gareth Glyn, which will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

The Tippett String Quartet will perform at the North Wales International Music Festival on Thursday, September 25 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £18 (£9 for children) and are available by calling the Box Office on 01745 850197 or online at www.nwimf.com.

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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