It sounds a bit like a new addition to the family: the Castalian String Quartet has happy news, which it nevertheless also announces with a tearful eye. In the musicians' own words, it sounds like this:
We have some news to share!
The setting is our longtime rehearsal room in South Kensington, London. Trinkets from our travels adorn the mantelpiece, the acoustic is perfectly dry and there is sadness in the air: Christopher Graves, our cellist for almost a decade, has decided to exchange touring for a life making music and bows closer to home. He has been a dedicated and inspiring musical companion. There are hugs, there are tears, and there is the certainty that we will remain the closest of friends.
There is also only one cellist’s name on our lips.
We are enormously excited to announce Steffan Morris as the new cellist of the Castalian String Quartet. From our first notes with Steffan, we felt extraordinarily fortunate to be making music together. He has enjoyed a richly varied career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal and we could not be more thrilled to be embarking on this new chapter with him.
And it’s quite a start!
The next few months include two tours of the USA and multiple visits to the University of Oxford as Hans Keller String Quartet in Residence. As Artist in Residence at the Wigmore Hall, we will perform a Britten cycle and premiere ‘Ungrievable Lives’, a powerful collaboration between composer Charlotte Bray and artist Caroline Burraway exploring the experiences of child refugees. There’s also a new commission from Mark-Anthony Turnage and a return to the Vienna Konzerthaus on the horizon.
But first, back to our South Kensington rehearsal