Concerts in the West debut for Marmen Quartet

A QUARTET who formed at the Royal College of Music make their Concerts in the West debut for the second series of the 2018 programme, from 15th to 17th March at Lower Pulworthy near Hatherleigh, Bridport and Ilminster arts centres, and a new venue, the Creative Innovation Centre at Taunton .

Since Marmen’s formation in 2013, the quartet’s members – Johannes Marmen, violin, Ricky Gore, violin, Bryony Gibson-Cornish, viola and Steffan Morris, cello – have progressed at a spectacular rate, winning awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Society Albert and Eugene Frost Prize. As winners of Music in the Round’s Bridge scheme, Marmen are receiving three years of mentoring, financial support, and guidance in every aspect of life as a string quartet, including performance opportunities.

Catherine Maddocks, the founder and director of Concerts in the West, says: “The Marmen Quartet are such wonderfully communicative musicians, whose ability to tell stories through their music is quite riveting. They are unbelievably talented performers who get better and better every time I hear them.”

Johannes Marmen, who plays a 1796 Joseph Gagliano violin, is a chamber musician and orchestral leader, dividing his time between Sweden and the UK. He is co-leader of the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and guest concert master of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.

Ricky Gore was born in Kagoshima, Japan and moved to the UK to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School at the age of 13. He graduated with distinction from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015. As well as his role as second violinist of the Marmen Quartet, he also performs chamber music with Northern Chords Ensemble, Maiastra Ensemble and Nidum Ensemble and is a freelance orchestral player.

Originally from New Zealand, Bryony Gibson-Cornis is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and the Juilliard School. She is a passionate advocate for New Zealand music, and recently recorded Philip Norman’s When Gravity Fails with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In London, she is on trial for co-principal with English National Opera and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She also freelances with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Britten Sinfonia and the English Chamber Orchestra.

Welsh cellist Steffan Morris has been a guest principal with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. As a soloist he has performed with Sinfonia Cymru, and other regional ensembles.

The concerts are at Lower Pulworthy on Thursday 15th March, Bridport Arts Centre (coffee concert, Friday 16th), Ilminster Arts Centre (evening, Friday 16th) and CIC Taunton (Saturday 17th).

The programme is Mendelssohn String Quartet No 6 in F minor, Op 80; Haydn String Quartet in F sharp minor, Op 50, No 4; Ravel String Quartet in F; Mozart String Quartet No 14 in G major, K 387.