The Festival of the Imagination Show
Date: Friday 16th October
Join Warwick alumnus and former BBC correspondent Torin Douglas plus special guests at the launch of the Festival of the Imagination. This celebratory event will include appearances from speakers and performers from across the Festival weekend. There will also be a special preview of a new musical piece composed by Joe Cutler and performed by the University’s resident Coull Quartet to mark the University’s fiftieth anniversary.
Although this is a free event we would welcome donations to our 50Forward campaign which supports great causes both on campus and in the wider community.
For over twenty years Joe Cutler has been active in the UK as a composer, teacher and programmer. His work has been performed in over forty countries across six continents, including performances at festivals and venues such as Bang-on-a-Can Music Marathon (New York), Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam), Opera City (Tokyo), Musik Monat (Basle) and the BBC Proms. He has worked with visual artists such as Tom Dale, Jaap Drupsteen and Gary Ward, and “Ping!”, written for the Coull Quartet and Fusion Table Tennis Club, was one of the most visible works of the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad, reaching an audience of millions through exposure on CNN and BBC TV. He has received commissions from the LSO, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the Royal National Theatre, to name only a few, and has been Head of Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire since 2005.
Founded in 1974, and Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick since 1977, the Coull Quartet has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, the USA and Western Europe, and has also toured China, India, the Far East, South America and Australia.
The Quartet has appeared at most of the major venues and festivals in the UK, and gives an annual series of recitals at Warwick Arts Centre, where it is actively involved in the University of Warwick’s flourishing musical life. The Coull Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a broad repertoire, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert quartets to 20th century and contemporary British chamber music.
Their CD of quartets by Maw and Britten on the Somm label has received universal acclaim; in addition to being featured as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Gramophone, it was chosen as the ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music Magazine. The Coull Quartet’s impressive and unusual list of commissions includes works by acclaimed British composers such as Sally Beamish, Edward Cowie, Joe Cutler, David Matthews, Nicholas Maw, and Robert Simpson.