The Moeran Quartet take their name from the composer Ernest John Moeran (1894 – 1950). Recently there has been a growing interest in the works of this most underrated of British composers. A student of John Ireland and great friend of Peter Warlock, he was known for his collection of Norfolk folk songs and his talent for the lyrical capturing of Britain and Ireland’s rural landscapes.
The four members of the quartet are experienced chamber musicians with a passion for the championing of British music. They lead diverse musical careers by playing regularly with orchestras such as the Hanover Band, Urban Soul Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Paul’s and Opera Holland Park. Between them they have studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Royal College of Music.
Studying at this latter establishment is not the only link with the eponymous composer. James Greenfield, a cellist and past member of the Billroth Quartet, also attended the same boarding school, Uppingham; a school Moeran later returned to as a professor of music.
They look forward to bringing their passion for music to Lauderdale House where they begin a residency in 2017.
The Moeran Quartet:
Tom Leate Violin
Charlotte Fairbairn Violin
Helen Sanders-Hewett Viola
James Greenfield Cello