Heath Quartet

photo©Kauko Kikkas

More Beethoven to celebrate his 250th anniversary: the well-known A major quartet and the less-often-heard quintet, whose quicksilver finale with its virtuosic first violin part will bring the concert to a thrilling close.  Stravinsky's Concertino similarly features the skills of the quartet's leader, in stark contrast to the spiritual stillness of James MacMillan's 'Memento'.  

The Heath Quartet's reputation continues to grow, with their recordings of Tippett winning the Gramophone Chamber award in 2016 and their Bartók cycle receiving the accolade of Limelight Chamber Recording of the Year, 2017.  Max Baillie's activities include performing classics of the chamber repertoire in arrangements for Tavern Band, complete with accordion, dulcimer and clarinet, and playing Beethoven and Mozart symphonies from memory at the proms with the Aurora Orchestra.

'…an electrifying intensity, maintaining an irresistible impetus and negotiating abrupt character changes with aplomb…'   

Stephen Pettitt, The Sunday Times, 2017 [of the Heath Quartet's Bartók recordings]

‘Max Baillie’s gutsy viola playing was a particular delight’    Geoff Brown, The Times: Aurora New Moves review