Collaboration has always been a strong ethos of the Mavron Quartet since its formation in 2002. Initially working and performing with other musicians locally, the quartet continues to evolve by also working with internationally acclaimed artists across multiple art forms.
In the past few years the quartet’s collaboration focus has led to a number of interesting projects. At the 2007 European Harp Symposium, the Mavron Quartet was ensemble in residence, performing in the Wales Millennium Centre with harpists from all over Europe. That same year the Mavrons worked with clarinettists as part of the Cottee Clarinet Course run by the Benslow Music Trust.
The following year featured a collaboration with composer James Williams on Waiting, a solo dance piece by Joanna Young with string quartet accompaniment. This coincided with the planning of Boulevard of Broken Dreams; a collaborative piece for live string quartet and dance. With funding from the Arts Council of Wales and PRS Foundation for new music, the quartet commissioned Charlie Barber to write a string quartet. After recording the work, the collaboration was completed with the addition of four male dancers including choreographer Jean Abreu. Boulevard of Broken Dreams toured across the UK in early 2009.
Following this project the quartet successfully applied for funding from the PRS Foundation to commission a work from jazz artist and composer Dave Stapleton. Stapleton’s String Quartet No.1 was premiered by the Mavron Quartet in Cardiff, 2009.
More recent collaborations have included working with internationally acclaimed harpist and storyteller Deborah Henson-Conant for a concert in Caernarfon, during the 2010 Wales International Harp Festival. Autumn 2010 and Spring 2011 saw the quartet touring a series of concerts celebrating twenty years of Live Music Now in Wales. The Mavron Quartet was joined by soloists including Llŷr Williams for Schumann’s Piano Quintet, Eleanor Turner for Metcalf’s Mapping Wales and Peryn Clement-Evans for Mozart's Clarinet Quintet.
To mark the Mavron Quartet’s 10th Anniversary, the quartet has recently been awarded funding from the Arts Council of Wales, Tŷ Cerdd and the PRS for Music Foundation. This Mavron Quartet 10th Anniversary Project will include performances of commissioned works by Welsh composers Rhian Samuel and Gareth Wood and a storytelling collaboration with Liz Weir and composer Ian Stephens. These performances will take place in 2012-2013 in the UK.
To mark the Mavron Quartet’s tenth Anniversary in 2012, the quartet was awarded funding from the Arts Council of Wales, Tŷ Cerdd, the PRS for Music Foundation, the Fidelio Charitable Trust and the RVW Trust. This Mavron Quartet 10th Anniversary Project includes performances of commissioned works by Welsh composers Rhian Samuel and Gareth Wood (available on CD) plus a storytelling collaboration with Liz Weir and composer Ian Stephens. These performances will take place in 2012-2013 in the UK.
What They Say
"It is particularly encouraging to have an ensemble of this high calibre living and working in Wales."
Elinor Bennett OBE