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Stonebridge String Quartet
Stonebridge String Quartet
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LYTHAM St Annes Music Circle’s concert on Friday features the Stonebridge Quartet/Quintet who will be playing works by Mendelssohn, Boccherini and Schubert.

The concert is a ‘first’ for the music circle in its 68 eight years’ existence – the first visit by this widely-known and northern-based ensemble, who will open their performance with Mendelssohn’s fourth string quartet; the first performance ever of two string quintets - the first performance of any work by the 18th century Italian composer and cellist Boccherini and the first performance ever of the great Schubert quintet, arguably the greatest ever written for the two-cello combination.

Julian Cann (violin) has played with the National Concert Orchestra, Manchester Concert Orchestra and Northern Chamber Orchestra.

He leads Lancaster’s Haffner Orchestra and the Lonsdale Chamber Orchestra, the Stonebridge and Castalia Quartets and the Pennine Piano Trio.

With the Pictish Players Scottish Country Dance Band he has appeared in London, Paris, Vienna, Venice and Istanbul.

Jane Cull (violin) began learning the violin aged six while living in the USA. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and studied at the Royal College of Music. During further studies in engineering at Cambridge University she was an Instrumental Award Holder and led the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra.

Allison Calderbank (viola) completed a postgraduate diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music and has appeared regularly with the Hallé Orchestra as a freelance player and in a recent promenade concert with them at the Albert Hall under the baton of Mark Elder.

She has played in several recordings with the Hallé and also freelances for Manchester Camerata.

Jeremy Lamburn (cello) has performed with the Northern Chamber Orchestra and, during a period of time living in Australia, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He currently also plays with the White Piano Trio and in various duos with piano, cello and double bass. Festival performances include solo Bach cello suites at Jenolan Caves (Australia), Ribchester and Sedbergh, and string quartet appearances at Carlisle, Doncaster and the Vaughan Williams Festival in Kendal.

Sonia Hammond (cello) has a passion for chamber music and live performance, which has prompted her to lead duos, trios, quartets and quintets both in the UK and overseas, to appear with the English String Orchestra, Virtuosi of London, Garden Opera and Opera Brava. Currently, she is principal cello with the Brecknock Sinfonia and plays regularly with her quartet, Castalia.

The concert takes place in the Hall at AKS Lytham on the King Edward VII and Queen Mary School site at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9 for adults and free for school students and can be obtained from Plackitt & Booth’s Book Shop in Lytham, the Violin Shop in Blackpool and on the door.

For further information on this, subsequent concerts of the 2012-2013 season and the Music Circle brochure please ring (01253) 725155 or visit and