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Inside Out - The Villiers Quartet

Inside Out - The Villiers Quartet and MishMash Productions
Inside Out was a presentation of the string quartet in an interactive and engaging performance for young people. From the epic to the intimate, this internationally renowned quartet took their audience on a journey into the inner workings of the genre.   

This concert took young people through a window into the virtuosic and vexed soul of a profoundly deaf Beethoven, on a wander through the epic fiddling of Finnish patriot Sibelius, and through the trauma of tortured genius Shostakovich; picking up along the way the forgotten romanticism of William Alwyn and the unreserved joy of the father of the string quartet, Haydn. With plenty of humour and jubilant moments of music in between, this roller coaster ride poignantly and dramatically shared the musical passions of the Villiers with young audiences.   
Also featuring works by Musgrave, Marsalis and Britten this performance was created in collaboration with the award-winning production company MishMash Productions specifically for KS2 school groups and children aged 7 - 11 and their families. We were delighted to invite and share this performance with young people from St Wilfrid's Primary School. 

We were delighted to be supported by The Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust, who made this performance accessible to Primary School children in York.