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Stradivari Trust Concert Series: in aid of The Bryony Gibson-Cornish Viola Trust

Thursday 4 July at 6.00 pm in the Pavilion Rm

The Trustees of the Stradivari Trust warmly invite college members to a concert on Thursday 4th July.

The event will comprise of a musical evening in aid of The Bryony Gibson-Cornish Viola Trust, with the Marmen Quartet (of which Bryony is a member).  The programme will include:

  • Beethoven: String Quartet in E Minor opus 59 no. 2
  • Salina Fisher: Reflect for solo viola
  • Takemitsu: A Way a Lone for string quartet
  • Ravel: String Quartet in F

The event will begin at 6pm (doors open at 5.45pm), followed by a drinks reception where you will have the opportunity to meet Bryony.

If you wish to attend this free event, kindly RSVP to Dr. Sibylle Jackson via email: admin@stradivaritrust.org (please include your full name and @cam email)

Bryony Gibson-Cornish

At 31 years old, Bryony Gibson-Cornish has firmly established herself as one of the UK’s foremost violists of her generation. She is a viola and chamber music professor at the Royal College of Music, London, where she completed an Artist Diploma and was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal by HRH King Charles III upon graduation. A dual citizen of the UK and New Zealand, Bryony was brought up in NZ by British parents and moved to London in 2015, after completing her Masters at The Juilliard School as a Fulbright Scholar. Before settling into a balance of quartet and teaching, Bryony freelanced in London’s major symphonic and chamber orchestras and held the position of No. 2 Viola with the London Mozart Players for several years. She is also featured on a recording of Frank Bridge’s 3 Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano with Julien Van Mallaerts and James Baillieu for Champs Hill Records.

Marmen Quartet

With a growing reputation for the courage, vitality and intensity of its performances the Marmen Quartet is fast establishing itself as one of the most impressive and engaging talents in the chamber music arena. In 2019 it won First Prizes at both the Bordeaux and Banff International String Quartet Competition. Other accolades include first prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition (2018) and awards at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition. Formed in 2013 at the Royal College of Music, the Marmen Quartet were holders of the Guildhall School of Music String Quartet Fellowship (2018-2020) and studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover with Oliver Wille as well as in London with Simon Rowland-Jones and John Myerscough (Doric Quartet). Highlights of the 23/24 season include the premiere of a new work by Garth Knox, and performances at Wigmore Hall, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, Mozartfest Wurzburg, and extensive tours of Sweden, the US and Canada.

About the scheme

The Stradivari Trust is delighted to announce our first new scheme under the new management: It has been agreed to acquire a very fine 1610 viola by Antonio and Hieronymus Amati for Bryony. The instrument has been in the hands of the Ireland family for five decades, being played in both the Allegri and Lindsay Quartets. If you would like further information about how to contribute to Bryony’s scheme, please ask the Trustees or Sibylle.


Photo credits:
Marmen Quartet: Marco Borggreve
Bryony Gibson-Cornish: Sam Cornish