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Sisters Laura, Eleanor and Amy Stanford established the Stanford Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) with cellist Jessica Cox. In 1999 the Stanford Quartet was pleased to be awarded a scholarship to attend the Chillingirian String Quartet course at West Dean College and in 2000 won the John.B.McEwan Quartet Prize performing the Ravel string quartet. The following year saw them as prize winners in the Sir Arthur Bliss competition with a performance of the Bliss oboe quintet and in 2002 the quartet entered the Wigmore Hall Competition, succeeding to the semi-finals performing Beethoven and Debussy.
The Stanford Quartet has had the pleasure of working with various artists including Kenneth Sillito, Simon Blendis, Thomas Brandis and Mark Messenger, aswell as established quartets such as Alberni, Amadeus, Chillingirian, Skampa and Vanburugh. They were also privilaged to work with emminent Israeli pianist David Dolan on the art of classical improvisation.
The Quartet has given recitals in and out of London, including performances for The London Bach Festival, The Bloomsbury International Concert Series, Warwick Arts Society and the International Guitar Festival at Bolivar Hall which involved a performance of the rarely heard Stephen Dodgson Quintet with prize winning guitarist Xuefei Xang. In July 2002, the Quartet was enthusiastically received for its "clear and exhilarating performance" of Haydn's Op 20. no.4 from his 'Sun Quartets' as part of the Northamptonshire Arts Festival and was commended for its "electrifying performance" of Walton's string quartet in A minor following a concert for the Purbeck Arts Society 2003.
Following a sucssesful show case concert in March 2003 at Bush Hall, the Stanford Quartet was invited to perform a series of six concerts at the venue throughout the year. Having organised and promoted the series themselves each performance was received to wide acclaim, developing a new audience base in west london. The Quartet also has a close working relationship with Essex University and Swan Hellenic Discovery Cruises, where they regularly invited to perform.
The Stanford Quartet feels very passionately about education and enjoys working in this field. In 2005 they were invited to take part in masterclasses and workshops with children from East End schools for The London String Quartet Foundation. This culminated with a day at the Museum of London giving performances of " City Life", a collaboration of music and dance based on the quartet 'Out of Time'by Jonothan Dove. Through this the quartet was subsequently invited to be part of Musicbox, a programme designed to introduce musical awareness for children aged 0-4yrs. Each member of the quartet has individual teaching experience aswell as working for Wendy Max at 'First String Experience' (RAM) and at the Hendon Music School run by Laura Stanford.
Moving away from the classical scene the quartet enjoys recording and performing with various artists such as Mama Razzi and Emma Holland. They have a close working relationship with up-and-comming band Grand Transmitter and feature on two of their EPs. The quartet also heavily features on Reubens debut album, 'Racecar Is Racecar Backwards'.
Stanford Quartet's web profile was last updated 27th Apr 2017
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