You are warned to expect the unexpected in the 2013/14 season when the Edinburgh Quartet get under way.


The quartet launches its 2013/14 season in Edinburgh on Wednesday 9 October at the Queen’s Hall and in Glasgow on Saturday 12 October at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, both at 7.30pm.


This season the Quartet will present an eclectic line up of events, from formal evening concerts to jazz-bar style late sessions, from performances with image projections to concerts interspersed with theatrical readings – this year, not only in Edinburgh, but in Glasgow too, thanks to funding from Creative Scotland.


Tristan Gurney, Leader of the Edinburgh Quartet said:-“In a drive to reflect the ambition of the great masters of the string quartet genre we are on a mission to revolutionise the way we listen to and experience chamber music with a series which acknowledges and complements our 21st century lives.”


Their evening concerts will have a Czech flavour encompassing, amongst others, Smetana’s much loved ‘From my Life’ quartet and Dvořák’s G Major masterpiece.  Other highlights include a world premiere from one of the UK’s brightest talents, Helen Grime and the innovative use of projections to literally illuminate the music of Mozart and Janáček!


The Late Sessions, this year at Summerhall, Edinburgh and Sloans, Glasgow will showcase the music of the Quartet’s PatronJames MacMillan.  The players will give a musically illustrated guide to each quartet before the performance so audiences can settle down, drink in hand and enjoy!


The music of HaydnMendelssohn and Schubert will be will be interspersed with chat, debate and readings at the Rush Hour Series at St Andrew’s and St George’s, Edinburgh, offering a moment of sanctuary on the way home from work.


Further information about the Edinburgh Quartet’s full concert season available at www.edinburghquartet.com