Singing Strings

Date of composition
15 Minutes

A Contemporary Quartet in Conversation

Part contemporary string quartet, part theatre piece, part essay about the contemporary string quartet, Singing Strings is also a response to the frequently made observation that a string quartet is ‘like a conversation’ and sees the members of the Ligeti Quartet discuss and debate the particularities of their performance craft, inhabiting a range of colourful personalities (in addition to their own) along the way.

Commissioned by the Ligeti Quartet, with the generous support of the RVW Trust.


Events for this work

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.

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 &

December 2017

A Child's Christmas in Wales, and other stories

With narrator Mark Tattersall.

A festive fairytale treat for all the family, A Child’s Christmas in Wales chronicles Dylan Thomas's own childhood memories and remains one of his most popular and loved works.

In this wonderful adaptation for strings, step into December days ‘as white as Lapland’, where mischief is easily found, snowballs are hurled, and the curious grownups are shrewdly observed.

October 2017

Remembering the Future (Cambridge)

This concert explores the history and future of music: transformations of famous Baroque works, visionary early 20th-century quartets, Haas's reinterpretations of tradition, and the world premiere of award-winning composer Stef Conner's Singing Strings: A Contemporary Quartet in Conversation.

Tickets: £16 (early bird £12), students £5