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Please join us for an evening of string chamber music performed by the Eblana String Trio, from Birmingham Conservatoire.

Surrounded by Sidney Nolan’s paintings in Ikon’s first floor gallery, musicians will perform pieces by acclaimed composer Benjamin Britten, a close friend of Nolan’s, who inspired many paintings by the artist including a portrait featured in Ikon’s exhibition.

Britten’s Phantasy Quartet with Oboe (1932) and String Quartet no.1 in D major op.25 (1941) feature as the major works, alongside his Elegie for Solo Viola and a single movement String Trio composed by Britten’s favourite composer, Franz Schubert.

Britten’s Phantasy Quartet was written when he was nineteen years old and a student at the Royal College of Music. String Quartet no.1 was composed during the summer of 1941 in California and the work depicts broad landscapes, melancholy, rapture, exuberance…in a letter from June 1941 Britten wrote: “I am homesick, and only really enjoy scenery that reminds me of England”.  The Elegie was sketched when Britten was just sixteen years of age in 1930, shortly after leaving school.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Arco, a long distance learning project between the Conservatoire and Cape Gate MIAGI in Soweto, South Africa.  Arco provide transformative music education activities including weekly instrumental lessons delivered by Skype.

Please book online or call Ikon on 0121 248 0708.  Please note that booking closes at 5pm on Tuesday 20 June 2017.