Well that was another fabulous evening. Maybe all string quartets develop the sort of chemistry that Methera have but as someone who hasn’t seen many other quartets it feels like there is definitely something special about the way Methera watch each other, move and play.
Simon (mostly) lugged 8 of the stage blocks over from the Community Centre so we had a proper raised stage for them to sit on. They brought their own fairy lights and the scene was beautifully set.
As usual each of the band members took it in turns to tell us about the pieces they were about to play and at the end of each trio of tunes all four members would stand up and move round a place. We had a varied set, from traditional tunes, Swedish tunes, flute pieces transcribed for strings, band compositions and reinterpretations of old tunes.
The curry made by absentee chef Bev was delicious and the brownies in the interval were lovely and bountiful.
All in all another fantastic house concert.
We’re delighted to welcome Methera back for their third visit to Ryepiece Barn on Friday March 17th. Methera are four individually wonderful musicians who come together all too rarely to create something truly magical. They sit in tight circle watching each other’s every move and spark of each other’s playing to take the string quartet into a whole new place.
If you’ve not seem them before then here they are performing at a house concert last year:
Since they were last with us they’ve recorded a new album – Vortex – which has had great reviews.
fRoots magazine said:
Never a dull tune, never repetitive, constantly interesting and most melodious, Methera is to be celebrated in both folk and classical music worlds.
While Songlines was even more gushing:
The invention and interplay throughout is breathtaking, and sets Methera beside the very best instrumental groups of the decade.
The quartet are:
Lucy Deakin * Cello
John Dipper * Fiddle
Emma Reid * Fiddle
Miranda Rutter * Viola
Tickets are £12 and as always include one of Bev’s delicious suppers. You can buy tickets at Ettington Stores or via WeGotTickets.com here. Bring a bottle of your favourite tipple and a glass to drink it from. It’ll be a great night.