Past events

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.

Wednesday
30
October 2019

Lunchtime Concert - Screen Scores

Following their success at Open Circuit in March, the London-based Ligeti Quartet return with a programme that features realizations of video- and digital game-based musical scores including University of Liverpool Lecturer in Composition, Music for Digital Games Paul Turowski’s SQ2 (revised version), Maldonado Alvarez’s Traceurs, Takuto Fukada’s Super Colliders, and Johanna Ruotsalainen’s Hysteria.

Wednesday
17
July 2019

Raymond Warren at 90

A lunchtime concert in the presence of Raymond Warren followed by a drinks reception.

Including:

Warren: String Quartet No.2
Warren: A Star Danced for solo Cello and Chamber Orchestra.

Performed by the Ligeti Quartet & students from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol

The Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019

Gustav Holst’s The Planets rocked the classical world a century ago. Shaped by an astrological understanding of our solar system, the seven-piece composition became a mainstream classic. However, since its first performance in 1918, planetary science has made huge strides, visiting our solar system neighbours through probes, rovers and orbiters, and revealing much about each planet’s true character.
Saturday
29
June 2019

Daylight Music: Magnetic String Resonance

Pianist, composer and improviser Xenia Pestova Bennett will curate a special afternoon featuring the Magnetic Resonator Piano, an exciting new instrument designed by the radical inventor Andrew McPherson. A grand piano will be completely transformed into a stunning acoustic cyborg with electromagnets suspended above the strings, allowing for control of minute details of shimmering resonance and gorgeous sustained tones.

Tuesday
14
May 2019

Composition Workshop

As newly appointed Resident Ensemble at Goldsmiths University, the Ligeti Quartet is doing a full day of composition workshops with students. 

Please get in touch with us if you would like to attend.

Time: 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00

Thursday
9
May 2019

Consciousness

What does the brain sound like? Neuroscientist and composer Cliff Kerr explores what happens when performers become composers by translating their brain activity in real time into musical scores. Leveraging recent advances in non-invasive EEG hardware and time series analysis methods information is extracted from the brain.

Thursday
2
May 2019

Consciousness

  • 6:45pm: Pre-concert talk with Cliff Kerr
  • 7:30pm: Concert

What does the brain sound like? Neuroscientist and composer Cliff Kerr explores what happens when performers become composers by translating their brain activity in real time into musical scores. Leveraging recent advances in non-invasive EEG hardware and time series analysis methods information is extracted from the brain.

Sunday
31
March 2019

Equinox Chamber Music Festival, Copenhagen

For their first appearance in Denmark, the Ligeti Quartet present three iconic works for string quartet with strong visual elements. Different Trains is presented with Beatriz Caravaggio's film, produced by ArsVideo Producciones in cooperation with the BBVA Foundation for the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao in 2016.

Saturday
16
March 2019

Open Circuit Festival: Interactive Traces

This event will feature the London-based Ligeti Quartet and will involve realizations of dynamic audiovisual scores that guide the production of sound & music as well as other interactive sonic visualizations. The programme will include selections from an international call for works as well as new works by University of Liverpool composers.

Friday
8
March 2019

Classical Sheffield

Ligeti Quartet perform a programme for International Women’s Day, featuring three pieces composed for them: Singing Strings (commissioned with the support of the RVW Trust), Mento Mood (commissioned by Cheltenham Festival) and Venus/Zohreh (commissioned by Live Music Sculpture &