Harriet's Trust String Quartet in Residence

We are extremely grateful to the Harriet's Trust for sponsoring our String Quartet in Residence since 2018. This has enabled a young string quartet to join the festival for a week of coaching with the Benyounes Quartet, Jeremy Young and other festival Artists. During the week there are a number of masterclasses that are open to the Supporters of the Festival to watch in order to see the creative and developmental process from the beginning of the week to the culminating concert at St. Andrew's Church on Sunday.

The quartet will perform alongside the musicians in the Opening String Ensemble concert and will give a recital in the charming Lullington Church Micro-concert on Saturday.

Previous recipients:

2018 Freeman Quartet

2019 Annexus Quartet

2021 Levare Quartet 

2022 recipients:


The Finlayson Quartet is a vibrant young ensemble formed in 2021 at the Royal Northern College of Music. We came together through a shared interest in delivering exciting interpretations of classical repertoire and exploring lesser-known works by contemporary composers. Whilst at the RNCM, we have had the opportunity to work with a number of international and inspiring coaches, including Donald Grant, Pavel Fischer, and Petr Prause. 


The quartet performed a folk arrangement by our violinist Georgina MacDonell Finlayson, and Strum by the contemporary American composer, Jessie Montgomery at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation for International Women’s Day and Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters” in a lunchtime concert at St Ann’s Church in April. 


We are currently looking to take part in various music festivals, programming a blend of folk, classical and contemporary repertoire and bringing it to more diverse audiences and venues.

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