We look forward to Welcoming Innsaei String Quartet on Saturday 28th January.
Innsaei String Quartet will be playing
Mendelssohn – String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1
I. Molto allegro vivace
II. Menuetto: Un poco Allegretto
III. Andante espessivo ma con moto
IV. Presto con brio
Balakrishnan – Skylife
Formed in 2016 at the Royal Northern College of music in Manchester, the Innsaei String Quartet has performed in numerous concerts, competitions, and masterclasses across the UK and Europe. The name of the quartet comes from the Icelandic word Innsaei, meaning ‘feelings or emotions beyond words’ – which the quartet portrays through their powerful and youthful interpretations.
Under the tutorage of esteemed chamber musicians such as members from the Elias Quartet, Chillingarian quartet, Talich quartet, Schoenberg quartet and many others, the Innsaei quartet has developed from a group of passionate students into a professional string quartet performing chamber music at the highest level. Recently they have introduced a new first violinist to the quartet – Emily Blayney, with whom they are incredibly excited to continue their journey as both an exceptional string quartet and a close group of friends.
Emily Blayney started violin lessons aged 7 and progressed through the Guidhall School of Music and Drama to the RNCM under the tutelage of Cath Yates and Cecily Ward. As an orchestral musician she has performed at the Barbican, the Bridgewater and Royal Albert Halls
Eleya Clapperton is a recent graduate of the RNCM, Eleya and she is now enjoying a rich and diverse career as performer and teacher. Eleya performs with a wide range of Manchester based ensembles including the Manchester Concert Orchestra and Mancheser Camerata.
Beth Willett is a Manchester based violist studying her Masters degree at the RNCM, under the tutelage of Susie Mészáros and Vicci Wardman. Beth has worked with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manchester Collective and the Elias String Quartet as well as teaching as part of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music in Secondary Schools Trust.Alec Smith is based in Manchester and is an award winning chamber and orchestral cellist. Alec graduated from the RNCM in 2020 where he studied with cellists Chris Hoyle, Eduardo Vassalo and Leonard Elschenbroich. Alec has played with the BBC Philharmonic and Welsh Nati