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Steve Bingham  - violin             Marina Gillam - violin             Brenda Stewart - viola             James Halsey - cello

The cutting edgBingham String Quartete of today’s music-making is to be found at the point where tradition and innovation collide. Out of the potential chaos of this collision come exciting and dynamic soundscapes, reworking our understanding of "classical" and "contemporary" music and blurring accepted boundaries.

"...a magnificent performance..."    The Times

The BSQ takes innovative programming - premieres, cross-cultural and multimedia works, electronics and new technology - and combines it with many years experience and familiarity with the great classical string quartet repertoire, thereby fusing together the fragments of these colliding worlds.

"...bridging the gap between producers and consumers of music"    The Independent

A varied discography, radio and television appearances on three continents, extensive international touring, popular educational work and an approachable style have led to wide critical acclaim.

"...a dark and delicious exploration of textures played with explosive brilliance..."    The Strad

The BSQ has worked extensively with other musicians, performing some of the tremendous quintet repertoire available. They have given concerts with, among others, clarinettists Jack Brymer, Michael Collins and David Campbell, cellist Raphael Wallfisch, pianist Nigel Clayton and guitarist Jason Carter.

"If this group’s luxuriant playing vividly illustrates the Brahms quintet’s warm romanticism, their fine blend of solo skills and alert ensemble is no less effective in unfolding the transparent classical lines of Mozart’s clarinet quintet."
BBC Music Magazine

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For up to date concert details please visit Steve's concerts page.

The Bingham String Quartet has two non-residential quartet coaching weekends during 2009. The first is in The Priory School, Shrewsbury, on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April. The second is in Feltwell Primary School, Feltwell, Norfolk, on Saturday 25th July and Sunday 26th July. Please contact Steve - steve[at]stevebingham.co.uk - for full details. Application forms for the July course will be available for download shortly.


BSQ children's pictureThe Quartet has always been committed to educational work and has been involved in numerous projects involving the presentation of a wide variety of quartet repertoire, alongside improvisation and composition. Described as "natural communicators", the members of the Quartet interact with students of all ages and abilities in a friendly and approachable way.

The Bingham Quartet were Artists in Residence at Radley College, near Oxford, for five years. There they not only gave concerts, but directed masterclasses and workshops and undertook both ensemble and chamber music coaching. The Quartet was also involved in composition workshops with both GCSE and A level musicians as well as contemporary music projects featuring music by composers such as George Crumb and Aulis Sallinen.

The Quartet has given educational workshops worldwide, from the Shetland Isles to Australia and Dubai, and has developed a range of presentations and projects to suit all age and abilities. Further details on all aspects of education work are available on request. 

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BSQ programming is tremendously varied, making use of its vast range of repertoire, and aims to defy the perceived barriers of the string quartet by juxtaposing differing musical styles and languages to provide an "edge of the seat" experience.

Core repertoire from the BSQ covers many of the great classical and romantic works of the 18th and 19th centuries and extends forward to include many 20th century pieces including George Crumb’s seminal work for electric quartet, "Black Angels"; all the quartets of Benjamin Britten; major American works by Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Samuel Barber and Stephen Montague; the Lutoslawski quartet; quartets by Béla Bartók and Michael Tippett; other cross-cultural and extended works by John Mayer, Odaline de la Martinez, Priti Paintal, Richard Allain, Peter Sculthorpe and Piers Hellawell; the complete quartets of Elizabeth Maconchy - and many more...

Several premieres are available for 2002/2003, including works by Janet Owen-Thomas, David Stoll, Anthony Gilbert and Roger Marsh. The BSQ is also planning commissions from various composers including Simon Speare, Piers Hellawell and Robert Keeley.

Broadcast performances by the BSQ have included works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Benjamin Britten, Anthony Gilbert, Martin Butler, Norman Hay, Carl Vine, Luminita Spinu, Dmitri Shostakovich, Peter Sculthorpe, Elizabeth Maconchy, Leos Janácek, Philip Cashian, David Nicholls and Béla Bartók.

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BSQ recordings include CDs for labels such as ASV, NMC, Meridian and Cambridge Recordings. Some of the recordings are available from Steve's online shop. The Quartet's recordings of the complete Haydn opus 33 set are exclusively available for download from the shop as well.

Other Quartet recordings include:

Martin Butler
“Songs and Dances from
a Haunted Place”
Philip Cashian
Quartet
David Nicholls
“Winter Landscape with Skaters
and Birdtrap”

Prospice, works by Vaughan-Williams,
Walford-Davies, etc.

with Martin Oxenham (baritone)
and Katharine Durran (piano)

Elizabeth Maconchy
Quartets Nos. 5-8

John Lambert String Quartet

Minna Keal
90th Birthday Concert

A live concert recording only available from the Quartet

Alberto Ginastera Piano Quintet
with Alberto Portugheise (piano)

Brahms and Mozart
Clarinet Quintets
with David Campbell
Boccherini Guitar Quintets
with
Jason Carter (guitar)
Barber Quartet op.11
Shostakovich Quartet no.3
Pounds Quartet no.2

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