Short Quartets Concert 1

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Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the
future  Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities


Short Quartets Concert Part 1

Part of the Diversity and the British String Quartet Symposium

Watch the livestream here.

From January to May of this year, the Villiers led their project VQ Create, a series of online composition workshops for young people aged 14 - 18 to explore the world of string quartet composition. The Villiers worked with four schools in this project: St. Marylebone School (London), Graveney School (London), Framingham Early High School (Norfolk) and Trinity Catholic School (Nottingham). Most of this project took place during lockdown, with the students meeting virtually with the Villiers. With the help of their teachers and mentors, the students wrote short works to express their creativity during this time. Many of the students had never written for quartet before.  This concert showcases the final compositions that have come out of this project.


Juliette Wegrzyn - familiar feeling

Nancy Sparrowhawk - The Maiden’s Melancholy Heart

Sam Newell - Spring Showers

Remi Griffiths – Un Scherzo Rondo

Esme Hill - Temperament

Zipporah Fornah – Moonlight Shadows

Leo Scanlon - VQCreate

Oliver Macmullan - wave

Elye Cuthbertson – The Swashbuckler

Mia Odeleye - Appropriated Sound


Named after Villiers Street in London, the Villiers Quartet encompasses the grand and iconic spirit of the extraordinary music tradition in Britain and has been praised for “exquisite ensemble playing” (Seen & Heard International), and their absolute “commitment and virtuosity” (The Sunday Times). The Villiers Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at the Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University.

Villiers Quartet 

Katie Stillman, violin I

Tamaki Higashi, violin II

Carmen Flores, viola

Leo Melvin, cello


Find out more about the full Diversity and the British String Quartet Symposium programme here.