October sees the Mēla guitar quartet return to Founder’s Hall, Chelsea for a concert of their favourite repertoire.
The Founder’s Hall is beautiful, converted Welsh chapel on Radnor Walk in the heart of Chelsea, just off the Kings Road. This concert is a follow up the Junior Guildhall guitar concert in the same venue on the 8th of October.
Tickets available HERE
St. James, Piccadlly, NAXOS launch
We are excited to announce the launch concert for our collaborative NAXOS CD of the chamber works of Stephen Dodgson at one of London’s premier music venues; St. James, Piccadilly, on November 3rd.
Tickets available HERE
Sofar Sounds at Hoxton, London
Mēla guitar quartet return to play for the ever popular Sofar Sounds to play a selection of their favourite tracks. Sofar Sounds allows a level of intimacy with an audience rarely achievable in any other context. We think it is fantastic that classical music is mixing with the music of singer songwriters, instrumentalists of many genres and spoken-word artists.
Leo Brouwer is one of contemporary music’s living legends. Acclaimed in his youth as one of the all-time great performers of classical guitar, the Cuban composer is a Honorary Member of UNESCO and is recognised worldwide as one the most outstanding living composers for the guitar, and as a pioneer in the fusion of musical styles and genres.
A selection of leading young UK artists including the Mēla guitar quartet, honour Leo Brouwer’s visit to London with a bespoke programme of his chamber works, curated by the pre-eminent Cuban guitarist, Ahmed Dickinson.
This event is part of the guitarrísimo series organised by ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes with the kind support of the Oficina Leo Brouwer, Ediciones Espiral Eterna and the Embassies of Cuba and Venezuela, and is held at the acclaimed Bolivar Hall, London.
2017 sees one hundred years since the birth of the author and composer Anthony Burgess. Perhaps most famous for writing the dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange, Burgess thought of himself as a composer first and an author second. The Mēla quartet have been researching his guitar works and this concert will include the U.K. premiere of the Three Irish Morcels a rare performance of his first guitar quartet, and hommage to Maurice Ravel.
This concert is sponsored by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and is at their venue the ‘Engine room’ in Manchester.
Guitar Spectacular at Milton Court
In the Barbican’s newest concert hall ‘Milton Court’ the Mēla guitar quartet are playing as part of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama alumni concert. Milton court is thought to be one of the finest new concert halls in the world and with one of the best acoustics for chamber music.
Handel Hendrix ‘Mind the Gap’ Concert
We are really excited about our program for this already sold-out concert. Beginning with the Baroque we will start with our arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Organ Fugue BWV 578, a mini masterwork where each of the four fugal ‘voices’ are realised between the four guitars. We then have a piece that is very special to us, Stephen Dodgson’s Change-Ringers.
Sofar sounds (sofarsounds.com) are a global community of artists and music lovers who believe in the magic of live performance. They host concerts in cities all over the world in innovative, unique and often unexpected venues. It is really exciting to be asked to play for them on the line up at Tileyard studios in July.
Founders Hall 2016
We are returning to Founder’s Hall for their 2016 concert series, we had a fantastic time with them in 2015! We are showcasing a lot of repertoire that was new for us, beginning the concert with a piece by Sergio Assad called Uarekena. It is a wonderful, virtuosic showpiece infused with Assad’s brazilian heritage.
Handel Hendrix New Room Concert
It is quite an honour to be asked to perform in the opening of the new performing space at the Handel & Hendrix museum. On the program are the quartet and the amazing soprano Rowan Pierce singing Handel with Harpsichord accompaniment.
Dodgson Roundelay and Divertissement preview at Barnes church
In preparation of the recordings of Stephen Dodgson’s Roundelay and Divertissement we are including them in a performance at Barnes Methodist Church.
NYGE Guest artists concert at Abbots Bromley school chapel
Dan is an alumni of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble (NYGE) and Matt and Jiva are both mentors/tutors on their courses. They train the best young guitarists in the country to perform chamber music of the highest standard and many of their alumni have gone on to study at the best music colleges in the world and have become successful professional musicians.