Past events

Thursday
8
November 2018

Sense (Music on the Mind)

How does limiting our senses change how we experience music? The Ligeti Quartet examine ‘sense’ in the first instalment of a series of concerts exploring music and the brain.

Be immersed in pitch darkness for an intense perceptual experience with music by Georg Friedrich Haas. Explore deeply personal dialogues between composer/singer/writer/TV personality Kerry Andrew and her experiences of hearing in the world premiere of tInNiTuS sOnGs. To see is as much as to hear in music by Helmut Lachenmann where the string quartet is reduced to raw materials of wood, metal, string, and hair.

We're thrilled that Kerry Andrew will be joining us in the performance of tInNiTuS sOnGs for this concert.

Wednesday
31
October 2018

Music in the Round

The Ligeti Quartet present a gripping picture of modern classical music at The Leadmill. Two 20th century classics - Steve Reich’s Grammy award-winning Different Trains and George Crumb’s iconic Black Angels for electric string quartet - feature alongside the rock-riff influenced minimalism of John Adams; John Zorn’s explosive collage of jazz, American folk, punk, modernist and classical music; and Tanya Tagaq’s Sivunittinni - inspired by Inuit throat singing.

Tuesday
2
October 2018

The Planets 2018: Birmingham

Holst’s The Planets was first performed 100 years ago. But what would it sound like if created today?

Inspired by modern astronomy and music, the Ligeti Quartet perform 8 new planetary works, spanning contemporary classical, electronica to jazz, created especially for planetariums. Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Deborah Pritchard, Laurence Crane, Mira Calix, Richard Bullen, Shiva Feshareki, Samuel Bordoli and Yazz Ahmed explore the domes’ design with live visuals, in an astronomical journey into new music.

Monday
1
October 2018

The Planets 2018: Bristol

Holst’s The Planets was first performed 100 years ago. But what would it sound like if created today?

Inspired by modern astronomy and music, the Ligeti Quartet perform 8 new planetary works, spanning contemporary classical, electronica to jazz, created especially for planetariums. Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Deborah Pritchard, Laurence Crane, Mira Calix, Richard Bullen, Shiva Feshareki, Samuel Bordoli and Yazz Ahmed explore the domes’ design with live visuals, in an astronomical journey into new music.

Sunday
30
September 2018

The Planets 2018: Winchester

Holst’s The Planets was first performed 100 years ago. But what would it sound like if created today?

Inspired by modern astronomy and music, the Ligeti Quartet perform 8 new planetary works, spanning contemporary classical, electronica to jazz, created especially for planetariums. Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Deborah Pritchard, Laurence Crane, Mira Calix, Richard Bullen, Shiva Feshareki, Samuel Bordoli and Yazz Ahmed explore the domes’ design with live visuals, in an astronomical journey into new music.

Saturday
29
September 2018

The Planets 2018: Greenwich

Second performance now available!

Holst’s The Planets was first performed 100 years ago. But what would it sound like if created today?

Inspired by modern astronomy and music, the Ligeti Quartet perform 8 new planetary works, spanning contemporary classical, electronica to jazz, created especially for planetariums. Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Deborah Pritchard, Laurence Crane, Mira Calix, Richard Bullen, Shiva Feshareki, Samuel Bordoli and Yazz Ahmed explore the domes’ design with live visuals, in an astronomical journey into new music.

Tuesday
31
July 2018

World Shakuhachi Festival - Gala Opening Concert

  • Forest Trail and Currents, by John Kaizan Neptune (shakuhachi)

This concert, the Gala Opening Concert of the World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 in London, brings together many of the world’s best performers of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, from all continents. It presents, at highest level, a broad cross-section of traditional and contemporary solo and ensemble music for shakuhachi. 

Wednesday
11
July 2018

New Voices: Quartet Premieres

A performance including four world premieres, with works by Cheltenham Composer Academy Director Michael Zev Gordon, 2017 Academy alumni Sarah Rimkus and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson (commissioned by Cheltenham Music Festival), and one by 2017 RPS Composition Prize winner Bethan Morgan Williams (supported by the Susan Bradshaw Composers’ Fund). The programme is completed by a new work by young composer Christian Mason, commissioned by the Ligeti Quartet (supported by the Britten Pears Foundation and the City Music Foundation).

Supported by The Steel Charitable Trust

Tuesday
10
July 2018

Classical Mixtape

The Ligeti Quartet performs as part of the Cheltenham Festival's Classical Mixtape evening.

Back by popular demand, Classical Mixtape presents short pieces of live music from different stages surrounding the audience in uninterrupted bliss. Stand, sit or lie where you like and let the spine-tingling sounds and amazing architecture of Tewkesbury Abbey transport you to another world.

Pay what you can from just £1. There is no booking fee for this concert.

Wednesday
6
June 2018

Raga Seasons: Jyotsna Srikanth

Violinist Jyotsna Srikanth explores time in South Indian music. The first half of this concert, with mridangam and ghatam percussion, comprises a whirlwind historical sketch of great composers from the 15th to the 20th century in several different rhythmic cycles. In the second half Srikanth presents the UK premiere of her own Raga Seasons violin concerto with the Ligeti Quartet: six movements depicting the six seasons of the Hindu calendar.

Featuring:

Tuesday
5
June 2018

Mantras & Mandalas

Christian Mason: Excerpts from Sardinian Songbook
Richard Bolley: Three movements from Travels with Alex
And music by Cage, Saariaho, Murail and others, Tibetan ritual music and cham dances

Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
Ben Williamson, counter tenor
Kate Ryder, pianos
Rosie Bergonzi, percussion

Sunday
3
June 2018

Raga Seasons: Jyotsna Srikanth

Violinist Jyotsna Srikanth explores time in South Indian music. The first half of this concert, with mridangam and ghatam percussion, comprises a whirlwind historical sketch of great composers from the 15th to the 20th century in several different rhythmic cycles. In the second half Srikanth presents the UK premiere of her own Raga Seasons violin concerto with the Ligeti Quartet: six movements depicting the six seasons of the Hindu calendar.

Saturday
5
May 2018

Rumi

‘Rumi’ – a miniature festival of the Persian master’s poetry, and new composition inspired by it.

Pre-Concert Events
5.00pm - Foyer opens for viewing of artwork by Sama Soltani, refreshments served
5.30pm - Auditorium: Talk on the poetry, by Parwana Fayyaz

With Oliver Rudland, Keziah Thomas, and composers & singers from the Fitzwilliam College.

CeNMaS Composer Workshop

Eight ‘up-and-coming’ composers (Robin Haigh, Sarah Lewis, Ben Lunn, Alex Mills, Helen Papaioannou, Lisa Robertson, Laura Shipsey, Peter Wilson) have been selected  to work with the Ligeti Quartet towards a new 6-minute piece for string quartet over two workshops (second workshop Autumn 2018 date tbc, held at The University of Sheffield).  The workshop, generously funded by Arts Council England, is also open to observers, including A-Level students and their teachers.

Thursday
26
April 2018

Sheffield Composes

We will perform music by composers from the University of Sheffield Department of Music, where we are in residence.
Tuesday
24
April 2018

Phantom Voices (Sheffield)

Amplified string quartet and electronic music explores the ways psychoacoustic effects can be exploited to make the whole seem greater than the sum of its parts.