Past events

Monday
6
September 2021

Luton Music Club

A ‘mixtape’ format intersperses movements from Christian Mason’s Tuvan Songbook with other types of ‘song’ - the translucent modernism of Ruth Crawford Seeger, the electronic and pop aesthetic of Tanya Tagaq, and Beethoven's Cavatina, the highly original 5th movement of his Op 130 quartet.

Saturday
17
July 2021

Tom Kerstens’ G Plus Ensemble & La Leona, women and the guitar

The first half of the concert features Tom Kerstens’ G Plus Ensemble playing premieres of new IGF commissions:  Léo Brouwer: La Sonrisa del Griot and Laura Snowden: Into the Light and work by Anna Meredith and Max Richter.

The second half of this concert features guitarists Laura Snowden and Eleanor Kelly playing works by women composers, including Laura Snowden’s own works and a new IGF commission, Finding The Way by Florence Anna Maunders.

Saturday
10
July 2021

Sounds of Sudan

Sounds of Sudan is an exciting, brand new collaboration between the Bristol based oud duo Nabra and one of the UK’s leading contemporary ensembles the Ligeti Quartet. They’ll be journeying through the different regions of Sudan – Khartoum, Omdurman, Darfur – weaving new arrangements inspired by the rich musical culture of the country: traditional Sufi music, popular artists such as Abdel Gadir Salim and Nour Al Jilani, the evocative rhythms and scales of the region.

Wednesday
19
May 2021

Concert at York University

Centred around music by Christian Mason and Tanya Tagaq from their recently released album Songbooks Vol. 1, Ligeti Quartet explores the sonic possibilities of string techniques inspired by throat singing traditions from around the world. York composers, past and present, make up the rest of the programme, taking inspiration from howling dogs, and the entire history of the string quartet itself.

This is an online concert from the Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York.

Monday
7
September 2020

Modern Monday

In their first concert since March, the Ligeti Quartet perform modern classics for string quartet, including Axel Borup-Jørgensen's Microorganisms miniatures.

Their trip has been generously supported by Snyk, the Danish organization supporting new and experimental music and sound art.

Saturday
14
March 2020

Composition Workshop - Undergraduate Works

A workshop with undergraduate composition students at Leeds College of Music.

Composers:

  • Shaun Rafferty
  • Sean Bailey
  • Sam Longbottom
  • Eranan Thirumagan
  • Frankie Clarke
  • James Gerrard
  • Ruben Maric
  • Holly Chapman
  • Wil Edwards
  • Tanguy Pocquet
Friday
13
March 2020

Composition Workshop - Open Call

Ligeti Quartet will be in residence with Sounds Like This Festival on Friday 13 March 2020 to workshop compositions for string quartet. Selected works will be played through followed by discussion. We are accepting submissions of full pieces, movements or excerpts of up to six minutes in duration which are scored for string quartet. You may submit works which include tape parts or electronics, but please bear in mind practical considerations for setting up and rehearsing the work.

Thursday
12
March 2020

Sounds like THIS Festival

To kick off their 10th anniversary year, Ligeti Quartet take a snapshot tour of music by some of the most exciting and genre-defying composers working today in the UK and around the world.

Sunday
1
March 2020

Xenia Pestova-Bennett: Atomic Legacies

An unveiling of pianist / composer Xenia Pestova Bennett’s exquisite limited-edition vinyl Atomic Legacies for Piano and String Quartet.

Described by Tempo (UK) as “a powerhouse of contemporary keyboard repertoire,” pianist and improviser Xenia Pestova Bennett launches her new album Atomic Legacies with a unique performance, combining the scintillating sonorities of extended piano technique with the virtuosity of the London-based Ligeti Quartet.

Thursday
16
January 2020

Walls Come Tumbling Down

Trinity Laban CoLab Ensemble and special guests revisit the rebellious undercurrents of early ‘80s London and the ‘systems music’ scene, where classical minimalism met post-punk sensibility. Reinterpreting the sounds of Lost Jockey, Soft Jockey, Louis Andriessen and early works of Michael Nyman, Mercury-nominated instrumentalist Laura Jurd (Dinosaur) leads the evening, layering and deconstructing through improvisation and composition.

Thursday
12
December 2019

Concert in Bristol

The Ligeti Quartet perform two pieces written for them in 2019. Firstly a brand new commission by Robin Haigh, his String Quartet which includes a tribute to scat singer Shooby Taylor, recorders (as always), an imitation of singing Samoyed dogs, and "technical death metal through a folk fiddle idiom". And then Tom Green's Solstice Songs, a reimagining of traditional festive tunes.