We look forward to Hearing the Vandepeer Quartet for their WACIDOM lunchtime concert on Saturday 10 June 2017. This Saturday will be the is the last in the current series of Concerts. The Vandepeer Quartet will be playing:
Bridge – Three Idylls
Haydn – Sunrise Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 (4mvts)
The Vandepeer Quartet were formed in their first year at the RNCM and have been playing in their current formation for 2 years under the tutelage of Petr Prause (cellist of the Talich quartet) and Donald Grant (second violinist of the Elias quartet). They can frequently be seen performing around the UK and have been invited to give recitals at the Buxton Pavillion, Whitworth Art Gallery and Heron Theatre, amongst others. They performed in the final of the RNCM’s Weil Prize both in 2014 and 2017.
The quartet’s repertoire is wide ranging and as well as performing works from the core repertoire for string quartet, they have showcased pieces by relatively unknown composers such as Szervansky’s 1st quartet, which they performed in the RNCM concert hall as part of ‘Budafest’ 2017, and the Novacek string quartet. They also share an enthusiasm for collaborating with contemporary composers and have played and recorded works by Katie Chatburn, Anna Appleby and Percy Hearne. They look forward to performing compositions by prize winning composer Tansy Davies in the Wigmore Hall in May.
The quartet’s members include Ana Vandepeer (Violin 1) Bec Perry (Violin 2), Becky Stephenson (Viola), Ellie Boney (cello) and. Ellie, Ana and Becky have all known each other since the tender age of 9 when they were members of the National Children’s Orchestra. Meanwhile, Bec grew up in her home country of Australia where she was a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, played in projects with the Melbourne Symphony and received a Young Musician’s Prize.
The quartet are grateful recipients of the Sir John Barbirolli/Lawrence Turner memorial award
Ana Vandepeer grew up in Canterbury, Kent. She has been playing the violin from the age of four and began orchestral playing from the age of 7 when she accepted a place in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, since gaining experience playing in many orchestras around the country.
Throughout her musical life, she has performed in various concert halls around the country, including at the Bridgewater Hall with the BBC Philharmonic. Ana has led the RNCM’s Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, and the Opera and Symphony Orchestra in the 41st Cantiere Festival in Montepulciano, Italy.
Rebecca Perry is from Melbourne, Australia and began playing the violin at age four. Before moving to the UK, Rebecca played with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and was apart of the Kobelia Quartet for eight years.
Since moving to the UK in 2013 to study at the RNCM, Rebecca has been a part of many concerts and ensembles and has been invited play at the Canter Festival in Montepulciano for the past two years. Last year Rebecca was invited to play as a soloist with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra in Ukraine.
Rebecca Stephenson grew up in Suffolk and started playing the Viola at the age of nine. She is currently a final year year BMus student at the RNCM, where she studies with Lucy Nolan. Rebecca is an experienced orchestral player who has recently completed the Professional Experience Scheme with Manchester Camerata. She has performed with Sinfonia Cymru and regularly leads the Viola section in many of the RNCM ensembles. Rebecca was previously a member of the National Youth Orchestra. Last Summer, Rebecca was fortunate enough to have been invited to play with the Montfort Quartet in the Cantiere Festival D’Arte. Rebecca was awarded the RNCM Thomas Barratt Memorial Prize for Viola and was a finalist in the 2016 RNCM Viola Prize.
Eleanor Boney is originally from Cornwall but has been living in Manchester from the age of 16, studying at Chethams School of Music followed by the RNCM. Her current teacher is Gillian Thoday, and she previously studied with Nicholas Trygstad and Anna Menzies. Ellie has a wealth of orchestral experience and has performed as principal cellist for Chethams Symphony Orchestra in Bridgewater Hall, RNCM Chamber Orchestra and RNCM Session Orchestra, and has co-lead the RNCM Symphony Orchestra on the college’s annual tour to Montepulciano. She is looking forward to performing Haydn’s concerto in D with the Liskeard Chamber Players in Cornwall next April.
Concerts start again in September