Coull Quartet take up residence at Warwick Arts Centre
Wednesday 14 November 2012
Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick, the Coull Quartet moved into a new rehearsal space on Mon 13 Nov following a three-decade stint in the Maths Institute, on the Gibbet Hill campus. The space was formerly home to independent music store Rise, which closed down in June 2011.
The Coull Quartet has been in residence at the university for 35 years, and recently completed a two week tour of Brazil with Anglo-Brazillian pianist Clélia Iruzun. Highlights included a visit to the Baccarelli Institute in the Heliopolis favela of Sao Paulo, where they gave classes to highly-talented students who have been given a route out of the slums through musical training.
Back on British soil, the quartet is busy preparing for its next performance on Thu 22 Nov as part of the Concert Series 2012/13. Rehearsing on Monday, the quartet’s cellist Nick Roberts commented that the space is fast-becoming a vital part of the Arts Centre and the university’s Music Centre. The quartet is not the sole occupant of the former-record shop; it is also used by the Music Centre for rehearsals and teaching, and the Arts Centre for education work. It was even used this summer for our popular Knit Stitch and Crochet club! So, next time you are passing those vinyl-covered doors put an ear to the glass – you never know what you might be lucky enough to hear…