Sunday 12th August 7.30pm
Joseph Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze) is an orchestral work commissioned in 1786 for the Good Friday service at Holy Cave Oratory in Cádiz, Spain. It was published in 1787 and performed that year in Paris, Berlin and Vienna. In 1787, Haydn adapted it for string quartet. In this performance, the movements will be interspersed by specially commissioned poems, written and read by the American poet Jennifer Rawson, author of For Words and Back: a patchwork of poems.
The Edinburgh Quartet is amongst Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles. It was founded in 1960, one of the first university-based quartets in the UK. Currently resident at the Universities of Aberdeen and Stirling, the Quartet also works with composition students at Edinburgh Napier University. It performs regularly at prestigious venues across the UK and has toured extensively across Europe, the Far and Middle East, and North and South America. The Quartet has recently announced the appointment of Tijmen Huisingh as their new first violin and leader from 2018, bringing his international performance reputation and artistic calibre to their already acclaimed lineup: Tom Hankey, Catherine Marwood and Mark Bailey.
The appointment comes in the midst of the Quartet’s exciting touring project North-South-East-West, which sees them travelling across Scotland to all four points on the compass delivering performances and events. The project launched in Shetland, and will continue in 2018 with Fraserburgh, Whithorn and the Western Isles.
Tijmen Huisingh studied the violin at the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, later going on to perform with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra . He was a laureate in numerous violin competitions in the Netherlands and at the International Chamber Music Competition 2007 “Rovere d'Oro” in Italy. Alongside the Edinburgh Quartet, Tijmen currently performs with the Northern Sinfonia.
Tickets for this concert are £15 (Concession £10), available in advance from the Fringe Box Office and at the door.