The Maxwell String Quartet

Introducing the performers…

Colin Scobie (violin)
George Smith (violin)
Elliott Sparks (viola)
Duncan Strachan (cello)

Hailed as “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” (The Herald) the Maxwell Quartet is rapidly establishing itself as a dynamic and exciting force in the chamber music world, with a strong commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the string quartet repertoire. The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad, at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and St Martin-in-the-Fields.

The Maxwell Quartet formed in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where its founding members met as postgraduate students. In 2011 they were selected as the Royal Conservatoire’s Young Artists in Residence. The quartet was also named as Residency Artists for Enterprise Music Scotland 2011-2013, which saw them giving several acclaimed concert tours over their two-year tenure. Performing widely across Scotland the quartet has established a reputation for delighting audiences with its “unnaffected enthusiasm” (North Highland Times) and its “panache and conviction” (Strathearn Herald).

The Maxwell Quartet has appeared at many festivals including the Cottier Chamber Project, Lammermuir Festival, Loch Shiel Spring Festival, Newbury Festival, SOUND Festival, BBC Chamber Music Proms and more. It has collaborated with the likes of pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and cellist David Watkin. Composers who have written for the Maxwell Quartet include Anna Meredith, Tom Harrold, and Gareth Williams; and it has worked closely with the likes of Robert Saxton, Rory Boyle, and David Horne to perform their music. Passionate about collaborating with non-classical artists and other artforms, the quartet has also worked with a global roster of artists and institutions including Cryptic Theatre, Wintour’s Leap, Royal Ballet School, Lunir and many more. In addition to a busy concert diary, the quartet has featured in broadcasts for BBC Radio Scotland, as well as regularly giving schools workshops and concerts for children.

The Maxwells were brilliant.

The Herald

Very fine performances from the Maxwell Quartet… a clear and impassioned reading alive to the score’s delicate lyricism and need for control.

The Guardian

Affectionate and warm… the quartet shone in their hands… a persuasive advocacy.”

The Daily Telegraph

Succinct and beautifully crafted, it felt like every note mattered in the Maxwells’ thoughtful performance…an explosive performance.”

The Scotsman

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Performing in Adderbury…

October 23, 2016 at 19:00

  • Mozart: String Quartet no 21 in D major, K575 (“The Violet”)
  • Prokofiev: String Quartet no 2 in F major, op 92 (“on Kabardinian themes”)
  • Brahms: String Quartet no 1 in C minor, op 51

Buy Tickets on the Door

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert. Advance tickets can be booked by telephone, in person or online from Tickets Oxford (see below).

  • £15.00 adults
  • £13.00 full-time students, senior citizens and children 10-16
  • £13.00 Friends of Music in Adderbury (adult)
  • £10.00 Friends of Music in Adderbury who are full-time students, senior citizens or children 10-16
  • Free admission for children aged of 5-10 accompanied by an adult. (Please note: we do not allow children under the age of 5.)

Buy From Tickets Oxford

Tickets can be purchased in advance from:

Tickets Oxford (+44 1865 305305)
The Oxford Playhouse
11-12 Beaumont Street

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