Past Events

Date and time Venue Tickets Description
Sunday 10th April 2016, 4pm St Thomas More Church, Lucks Hill, West Malling, ME19 6HN Free entry – suggested donation of £5

St Thomas More Music

Canterbury-based Leon Quartet collaborate with violinist Lucia D’Avanzo-Lewis for an hour-long programme of quintets for 2 violins, 2 violas and cello ranging from Mozart to a specially commissioned piece written by the quartet’s violist Matthew Brown. Entry by suggested donation of £5. Please join us for tea in the porch before the concert at 3:30pm.

Programme

Mozart – Viola Quintet in g minor K516

Bruckner – Viola quintet in F major 2nd and 3rd movements:
Scherzo and Trio
Adagio

Matthew Brown – New commission

Matthew Brown
Lucia D’Avanzo-Lewis

Wednesday 18th February, 9pm St Gregory’s Centre for Music, North Holmes Road, CT1 1QU Tickets £5

Free Range: Time & Eternity

Matthew Brown and the Leon String Quartet presents: pieces by Dimitri Scarlato & Sam Messer (world premiere).

Programme:
‘Songs’ for solo viola by Samuel Messer
‘Cold Light’ for string quartet by Samuel Messer (world premiere)
‘Time and Eternity’ for soprano, quartet and percussion by Dimitri Scarlato

Matthew Brown is a composer and viola player whose music is unashamedly sensuous with an acute sensitivity to timbre and texture. Free Range invited him to curate an evening of music and he chose Dimitri Scarlato’s sextet for string quartet, soprano and percussion Time and Eternity, and Sam Messer’s new string quartet cold light.

Performers:
Lucinda Drelaud (soprano), Sam Messer (percussion), Karen Jolliffe (violin), Kammy Pike (violin), Matt Brown (viola), Emily Rossitter (cello)

Meet our composers:
Matt Brown
Dimitri Scarlato
Sam Messer

For more information go to: Free Range

Tuesday 29th September 2015, 7.30pm The Truscott Arms, 55 SHIRLAND ROAD, MAIDA VALE, W9 2JD Tickets £75

Eating Sound

Featuring Sam Bailey on piano with the Leon String Quartet and friends…

Eating Sound is a unique dining experience where food is used to deepen the understanding of sound. A live chamber orchestra will be present to help diners make the connection between timbre, texture and taste — ultimately refreshing the perception of flavour and sound.

Throughout the meal, you’ll be guided by your host for the evening, Andrew, who will talk you through how you can score how well each delectable dish matches the music that was written for it. The courses and drinks pairings are available to download. At the end of the meal, your score cards are collected and the dish that was most reflected and enhanced by its music will be tallied up and announced!

This Spring Banquet will, as with the Autumn one previously, include the dining room being bedecked to reflect the season. Our wait staff will be in masks made by The Masketeers, whose animal creations (featured at the Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Wilderness and Summer Sunset) are bespoke, expert and truly glorious.

Join us and experience a joyous ambiance; relax, have fun and engage all your senses with wonderful food, wine and music.

£75 pp — includes 6 incredible courses with matching wines

For more information and to book go to: The Truscott Arms

Friday 25th September 2015, 7.30pm St. Mary’s Church, Strand Street, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9HN Tickets £10

Sandwich Arts Week: Film Music Gala Concert: Soaring Strings and Song

Don’t miss this phenomenal film music extravaganza – a spectacular evening for movie fans of all ages that promises you a wide variety of classic and contemporary film music performed by string players and through song plus piano accompaniment from Mark Heller – from the Leon String Quartet, Jessica Meakin violinist, Catherine Futcher Soprano, the Landmark Show Choir, the Reach Out Gospel Choir and more.

For more information go to: Sandwich Arts Week

To book your ticket go to: We got tickets

Tuesday 21st April 2015, 7.30pm Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB Full £15/Concessions £12

Gulbenkian:The Mirabai Project presents Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums is an intriguing semi-staged concert with string quartet, harp, saxophone and 3 female voices, and featuring special guests Elena Velasco-Peña and Luis Rodriguez, dazzling Argentine Tango dancers. Featuring the Leon String Quartet, harpist Ruby Aspinall, sopranos Elizabeth Fulleylove and Gabriela Di Laccio, and saxophonist Richard Melkonian.

The show includes two pieces from Mirabai, and there will be two world premieres. Acclaimed composer Barry Seaman is writing the haunting Torch Songs for harpist Ruby Aspinall, which is inspired by songs about love, loss and friendship; and Egyptian poet, composer and singer Mariam Al-Roubi will be performing her new piece All Things – 4 songs inspired by her forthcoming album, arranged for string quartet and harp.

There will also be sensual and romantic music from composers that include Monteverdi, Puccini, Caplet, Philip Glass, and new arrangements of tangos by Piazzolla and Gardel.

For more information and to book go to: Gulbenkian Theatre

About the Mirabai Project

The Mirabai Project is a labour of love – a not for profit collective of international creatives working in music, dance, design, film and new technology, formed to realise the production of new opera Mirabai. Two excerpts, The Lake and Petals, were premiered by the Ealing Symphony Orchestra last year and The Krishna Dance, Tango, and Satsang holograms were shown at the Kinetica exhibitions in London.

For more information go to: Mirabai Project

Friday 17th April 2015, 7.30pm Trinity Theatre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1JP Full £16/Concessions £15/Member £13. Trinity box office: 01892 678678

Trinity Theatre: The Mirabai Project presents Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums is an intriguing semi-staged concert with string quartet, harp, saxophone and 3 female voices, and featuring special guests Elena Velasco-Peña and Luis Rodriguez, dazzling Argentine Tango dancers. Featuring the Leon String Quartet, harpist Ruby Aspinall, sopranos Elizabeth Fulleylove and Gabriela Di Laccio, and saxophonist Richard Melkonian.

The show includes two pieces from Mirabai, and there will be two world premieres. Acclaimed composer Barry Seaman is writing the haunting Torch Songs for harpist Ruby Aspinall, which is inspired by songs about love, loss and friendship; and Egyptian poet, composer and singer Mariam Al-Roubi will be performing her new piece All Things – 4 songs inspired by her forthcoming album, arranged for string quartet and harp.

There will also be sensual and romantic music from composers that include Monteverdi, Puccini, Caplet, Philip Glass, and new arrangements of tangos by Piazzolla and Gardel.

For more information and to book go to: Trinity Theatre To book through the Trinity box office call: 01892 678678

About the Mirabai Project

The Mirabai Project is a labour of love – a not for profit collective of international creatives working in music, dance, design, film and new technology, formed to realise the production of new opera Mirabai. Two excerpts, The Lake and Petals, were premiered by the Ealing Symphony Orchestra last year and The Krishna Dance, Tango, and Satsang holograms were shown at the Kinetica exhibitions in London.

For more information go to: Mirabai Project

Thursday 26th February 2015, 8.30pm Mrs Jones’ Kitchen, 60-61 Palace St, Canterbury, Kent Free

Free Range: Laboratory Film

The final scene of Antonioni’s L’Eclisse depicts a rendezvous where neither character shows up. The camera lingers on empty spaces charged with absence.

Andy Birtwistle’s Laboratory Film is ostensibly about a machine designed to amplify DNA but, like L’Eclisse, the still, empty shots combine detached observation (and a touch of absurdism) with a profound sense of loneliness.

Laboratory Film features a live soundtrack composed and performed by Sam Bailey with the Leon String Quartet.

For more information go to: Free Range

About Free Range

Free Range is an innovative and award-winning series of FREE music, film and poetry events. They happen every Thursday from October to March (with a few weeks off at Christmas) at Mrs Jones’ Kitchen, 60-61 Palace St, Canterbury, Kent, UK.

All events start at 8.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm and a full menu is available until 8.00pm. Light meals and drinks are available until 11.00pm. Friends of Free Range get a free glass of wine per event!

Become a friend of Free Range! Friends of Free Range donate an amount of their choice on a monthly basis. To donate regularly go to: Free Range

Saturday 7th February 2015 St Gregory’s Centre for music, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, CT1 1QU Concert is free, but if participating need to book via Canterbury Christ Church

University Viola Day (Director: Martin Outram)

A day of celebration for the Viola

With a public concert of new music for viola by Christ Church composers at 11am and a chamber music concert featuring the viola at 2pm.The Leon String Quartet alongside members of folk-chamber band Arlet, will be playing a new composition for viola quintet, guitar and accordion by Matthew Brown at 2pm.

In addition, there will be a masterclass, a technique clinic, viola ensemble playing and much more!

Concerts are free, but if participating need to book via Canterbury Christ Church: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/events/event-details.asp?eventId=4749

This event is open to the public.

For more information and to book go to: Viola Day

Thursday 6th November 2014, 8.30pm Mrs Jones’ Kitchen, 60-61 Palace St, Canterbury, Kent

Free Range: Nerve Scales + Leon String Quartet

Artist Tim Long, vocalist/programmer Masato Kakinoki and others will assemble a series of sounds and images employing the voice, hand-made instruments, voice activated video, microcontrollers and motion sensors. Nerve Scales evokes the chaotic, emotional and nervous interiorities of noise, and borrows qualities from Antonin Artaud’s short texts of the same title.

Leon String Quartet showcase movements 1 and 2 from Prokofiev’s String Quartet no. 2 in F major Op. 92.

FREE ENTRY. Doors open at 7pm and a full menu is available until 8pm. Light meals and drinks available until 11pm.

For more information on Free Range events go to: Free Range

About Free Range

Free Range is an innovative and award-winning series of FREE music, film and poetry events. They happen every Thursday from October to March (with a few weeks off at Christmas) at Mrs Jones’ Kitchen, 60-61 Palace St, Canterbury, Kent, UK.

All events start at 8.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm and a full menu is available until 8.00pm. Light meals and drinks are available until 11.00pm. Friends of Free Range get a free glass of wine per event!

Become a friend of Free Range! Friends of Free Range donate an amount of their choice on a monthly basis. To donate regularly go to: Free Range