The arrival of The Carducci Quartet in January 2011, replacing the full-time Head of Strings post, was the start of an exciting new musical venture at Dean Close.

The Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most exciting young string quartets and consists of two married couples: Matthew & Emma Denton and Eoin Schmidt-Martin & Michele Fleming. Internationally renowned, performing concerts around the world each year, they were winners of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition and have been short-listed for the Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Award

Emma Denton, the Quartet’s cellist, has said that the group is passionate about taking classical music to the next generation, and are thrilled to be working so closely and regularly with the pupils. She also hopes that the musicians will benefit from watching some open rehearsals and gain a real insight in to the life of a professional string quartet.

  • The Carducci is passionate about educating the next generation of string players and is proving to be a vibrant force in the department
  • Between them the Carducci teach a full portfolio of individual instrumental lessons
  • The Quartet direct Sinfonia and several string quartets, often inviting woodwind soloists, to perform with them
  • Four separate orchestral string sectionals take place weekly
  • The Carducci rehearse in the Music School, encouraging scholars to drop in and experience professional music-making first-hand
  • String quartets that appear as A level set works are performed and discussed with the scholars
  • A Level candidates submitting string quartets for their composition portfolio have the advantage of hearing their pieces performed by The Carducci, alerting them to some of the technical problems of writing in this genre