Short Quartets Concert 2

3 new diversity and the british string quartet symp

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


Short Quartets Concert 2

Part of the Diversity and the British String Quartet Symposium

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.


Kezia Pollendine – Mbe Mbe

Nicholas Ikoyi - Dazed

George Robson - Sonnet

Isabelle Ajani  - First Rain

Roko Orosnjak - Birdsong

Pen Hughes - agitate

Faye-Wynne Hall - VQCreate

Archie K. Chettleburgh - The Docks

Rhianna D’Souza – Surgere et Cadere

Maya Narracott - A Story of Coronavirus


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.