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39. Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Carola Darwin & Gildas Quartet

18 October 2019, 17:45 - 18:30


Chamber Music Early Evening

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Museum of Natural History

Parks Road

Our newly-appointed Associate Composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, has written a cycle of songs for soprano and string quartet, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, setting poetry about evolution and the environment by the Museum of Natural History’s three poets-in-residence in 2016: Kelley Swain, John Barnie and Steven Matthews. The Gildas Quartet also performs Fantasias and Chaconne by Purcell.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful was commissioned by Carola Darwin with the support of Arts Council England, the RVW Trust and the Ambache Charitable Trust.

Watch the Gildas Quartet performing the fourth movement of Janáček's String Quartet no.1:

Artist Portrait

Carola Darwin

Carola Darwin


Carola is a classically-trained soprano with a strong clear voice and a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Berio and Verdi to Villa-Lobos. Carola Darwin combines a career as an opera and concert singer with research and writing about music. She trained at Royal Northern College of Music, and went on to gain a PhD from the University of Sheffield. She is now an Academic Professor at the Royal College of Music, where she teaches Music History. Her research into the Viennese composer Johanna Müller-Hermann is part of BBC Radio 3’... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Gildas Quartet

Gildas Quartet


The Gildas Quartet have performed to critical acclaim at major venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, and on BBC Radio 3. Praised for their 'energy, verve and refreshing approach', their bold and explorative approach to performance has been recognised by the International Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition, Graz, where they were first prize winners of the Audience Engagement Award in 2018. Equally passionate about new music and works from the quartet canon, the Gildas have a concert series call... Read Full Biography


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General Admission £16.00
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This event is part of a series:

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