5 Fast Facts: Behn Quartet

Thursday, 22 March 2018
Behn Quartet

Kate Oswin (Violin) / Alicia Berendse (Violin) / Lydia Abell (Viola) / Ghislaine McMullin (Cello)

Since their formation in 2015, the Behn Quartet have been busy perfroming in the UK and around the world, holding a residence at the Wiltshire Music Centre teaching and inspiring young musicians. This powerful all female ensemble is now ready to conquer New Zealand with a 10-centre tour that will take them from Whangarei to Invercargill. 


School friends.

All four musicians met at the Royal Academy of Music, while undergoing their masters studies. Shortly after getting together they auditioned for the Academy’s intensive string quartet programme, and things moved very quickly from there!


Bohemian Rhapsody.

The Quartet was part of the official 40th Anniversary celebrations of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. They performied a specially-commissioned ‘reimagination’ of the iconic song which featured in news outlets worldwide. Rolling Stone Magazine praised their performance as “a sweeping performance as grand as the original”.



Folk vibes.

For their NZ tour, they are presenting a programme chracterised by strong folk influences, with Jack Body's Three Transcriptions acting as centrepiece. "Jack's 'Three Transcriptions' was actually the first work we selected for our tour - I was researching NZ works to include in our programmes and came across a YouTube video of the NZSQ playing excerpts of this piece. We loved the energy and variety of the different folk traditions, and it is great fun to perform!" - Kate Oswin.



Aphra would be proud.

They take their name from Aphra Behn, the 17th-century playwright, political activist, philanthropist of the arts and dutch spy!


Conquering the world, one concert at a time.

Since their formation in 2015, the Behn Quartet have been very busy! Their travels have taken them all over the UK and abroad - including performances at West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Leeds International Chamber Music Festival, and the Southbank Centre.

(Source: Behn Quartet's Facebook page).

Touring NZ 14 April - 1 May. Find out more about Behn Quartet here