Tristan Gurney and Friends

Saturday 19 March 2022, 7.30pm

Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul
Church Lane, Tonbridge, TN9 1DA


A Postcard From Italy

Wolf: Italian Serenade for String Quartet
Boccherini: Sextet in F minor Op.23
Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in D minor, Op.70, ‘Souvenir de Florence’

Tristan Gurney (director/violin) presents a wonderful programme of Italian masterpieces. Opening with the witty and light hearted Wolf Italian Serenade for string quartet, this is a programme encapsulating the flavour of Italy. Boccherini’s light, spirited and ornate String Sextet follows before concluding with one of the chamber music greats, Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet in D minor, Op.70,Souvenir de Florence’. Following a 3 month stay in Florence composing his opera The Queen of Spades, Tchaikovsky returned home and wrote this masterpiece in a matter of weeks. A work of great power, intense passion and beauty, it is perhaps not surprising that the composer admitted “It is terrible how thrilled I am with my own work”. It has been thrilling audiences ever since!

Standard ticket £20  |  Under 18s & Students £5
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult


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Tristan Gurney enjoys a wide-ranging career as a director, soloist, chamber and orchestral violinist. He established himself on the British chamber music scene as leader of the Edinburgh Quartet (2007-2016). During his time with the quartet, Tristan collaborated with many esteemed artists such as harpist Isabelle Moretti, tenor Andrew Staples, clarinetist Maximiliano Martin and flautist Juliette Bausor, and worked closely with composers such as Sir James MacMillan, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Helen Grime, Tom Harrold and Howard Blake. The Edinburgh Quartet released several CDs with Tristan, including, recordings of Matyas Seiber Quartets, Robert Crawford Quartets and Haydn, Shostakovich and Prokofiev Quartets, all to great acclaim. Their disc of Sir James MacMillan String Quartets was awarded a ‘Critics Choice’ and included in the list of best recordings of 2014 in Gramophone Magazine.

Tristan currently holds the position of Principal Second of Royal Northern Sinfonia where, alongside the orchestral playing, he enjoys a role as director, soloist and chamber player. Living in London, Tristan combines his responsibilities in Royal Northern Sinfonia with a flourishing freelance career, regularly collaborating with chamber music colleagues and guesting as a principal player with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Academy of St Martins in the Fields and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He is also Principal Second of Scottish Ensemble which performs at prestigious venues and festivals worldwide and has a regular series at Wigmore Hall, London.

Tristan studied the violin at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni and then at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto with Lorand Fenyves. He plays on a Ferdinand Gagliano Violin.