Music in the Round

Masters and Pupils

Ensemble 360

IRELAND Phantasie-Trio in A minor – for violin, cello and piano
BRIDGE Quintet for Piano and Strings in D minor
STANFORD Fantasy in A minor – for horn and string quartet
BRITTEN String Quartet No.3 Op.94

John Ireland was just one of a distinguished list of composers who studied with Stanford that includes Vaughan Williams, Holst, Bridge and Coleridge-Taylor. Ireland ’s passionate Phantasie-Trio was written for a competition, at which the piece took second place after a work by Bridge , whose Piano Quintet is written in his early, Romantic style.

Bridge ’s sole composition pupil was Benjamin Britten , whose final string quartet is full of powerful, emotional undercurrents. Created in an arch-like structure, each of its five movements possesses a distinct character. Britten biographer Philip Brett said of the piece it is “as profound a work as Britten ever wrote”.

Pre-concert Talk, 6.45pm: Professor Jeremy Dibble from Durham University explores late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British music including the music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and John Ireland. Tickets are free but booking is required: click here.

Tue 14 May 7:45pm £5.00 - £15.00


Located within the Crucible building, the Studio Theatre has a flexible design allowing the seating to be adjusted to play on one, two or three sides or in the round. Seating in the Studio is unreserved.
The Studio hosts a mix of small-scale in-house and touring productions, as well as hosting the acclaimed Ensemble 360's tri-annual Music in the Round Festival.

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