Past events

November 2021

"Today, in the battle, who we are"

New works for string quartet by composers of the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust as tributes to Cornelius in this his 85th anniversary year, which is also 40 years since his untimely death. The concert, organised by the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust in association with Morley College and the Ligeti Quartet, celebrates how Cornelius Cardew linked his music with the struggle to open the door to progress. It aims to uphold Cardew’s legacy of having fidelity to the ensemble of human relations, and being dedicated to the creation of a new world of socialised humanity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

October 2020
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.

March 2020

Composition Workshop - Undergraduate Works

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


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

March 2020