At a glance
The Tippett Quartet’s performance had enormous cogency and powerThe Guardian
John Mills violin
Jeremy Isaac violin
Lydia Lowndes-Northcott viola
Bozidar Vukotic cello
For over a decade and a half, the celebrated Tippett Quartet has delighted critics and audiences alike with its animated, virtuosic performances, and its inspired and attractive programming. The quartet has performed at the BBC Proms and numerous festivals throughout the UK and abroad, and has recently toured Europe, Canada and Mexico. The quartet regularly appears at Kings Place, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre and Bridgewater Hall and frequently performs on BBC Radio 3. Alongside a busy touring schedule, the Tippett Quartet pursues a keen interest in educational work with both schools. In September 2015 they began an exciting new residency at Royal Holloway University, London.
Their broad and diverse repertoire highlights the Tippett Quartet’s unique versatility. They are equally at home with the giants of the classical world as they are with great Hollywood composers. Their impressive catalogue of over twenty releases have not only topped the classical charts but have also entered the pop charts and received universal critical acclaim. They have recorded for Naxos, EMI Classics, Signum, Classic FM, Guild, Real World, Dutton Epoch and Tocatta Classics. The quartet has given numerous world and UK premieres including works by John Adams, Howard Goodall and Stephen Dodgson. 2013 saw them rediscover Gustav Holst’s Fantasy on British Folk Songs which, with the help of the eminent musicologist Roderick Swanston, they were able to complete and give a world premiere on BBC Radio 3. They have also worked with Peter Maxwell-Davies for a performance of his 9th Quartet at the South Bank, with Anthony Payne on his Quartet No.1 for a live BBC broadcast from Spitalfields Festival, and Hugh Wood on his String Quartet No.3 at the Presteigne Festival.
They have had the great pleasure of collaborating with inspirational soloists such as Kathryn Stott, Craig Ogden, Stephanie Gonley, Lawrence Power, Melvin Tan, Nick Van Bloss, Julian Bliss and Ashley Wass. In 2011 they celebrated the anniversary of the iconic film composer Bernard Herrmann by commissioning an arrangement of Psycho and performing it alongside his clarinet quintet Souvenir de Voyages and Echoes in a series of concerts and radio broadcasts. They had the great pleasure of collaborating with Herrmann’s widow Norma Herrmann on many occasions.
The Tippett Quartet have also performed with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and have premiered a newly written film score for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent film classic The Lodger. In 2014 they started a collaboration with some of the UK’s finest Jazz musicians with the launch of their ‘Close To You’ project – a tribute to the album that Frank Sinatra made with the Hollywood String Quartet. They have continued this collaboration with “Hollywood Romance” featuring singer and broadcaster Claire Martin OBE.
The album soared to number one after celebrity actor Hugh Bonneville selected it as his final track on Desert Island Discs Read more
Tippett Quartet make their Mexican debut with residency at the Festival de Música de Cámara de Aguascalientes. Read more
Selected tour reviews include: ‘Herrmann’s Psycho Suite for string quartet shows the Tippett Quartet’s appreciation of the musical genius that can appear in the world of popular music – in this case, Herrmann’s iconic score for the Hitchcock film Psycho.' Bachtrack Read more
The Tippett Quartet have a busy start to the New Year with an appearance on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' and three concerts all in the next few weeks... Read more
From September 2012, the Tippett Quartet will be Artist in Residence at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Read more
The Tippett Quartet's performances are little short of astonishingThe Strad
The Tippett Quartet’s performance had enormous cogency and power.The Guardian
The Tippett Quartet plays with a seasoned cohesion and rapport, but also with the tang of youthful spirit…. Hugely enjoyable and provocative, the concert identified a quartet of such exciting ideas and vital interpretative insight that it promises to make a significant contribution to the realms of chamber music.Geoffrey Norris, Daily Telegraph
Suffice it to say, the Tippett Quartet perform with heaps of commitment and supreme technical accomplishment; indeed, it’s hard to imagine this repertoire receiving more eloquent and understanding advocacy.Gramophone
The Tippett Quartet, founded in 1998, is most excellent. The players handle this dauntingly difficult music with technical assurance, a beautiful, varied tone, rhythmic vitality, and total emotional commitment.Strings
You can really hear the members of the Tippett Quartet listening keenly to each other as they weave their seemingly effortless magicBBC Music Magazine
Beauty, mystery, poignancy - they're all hereThe Arts Desk
These are vital performances, edgy and energetic but rich in tone... A really fine disc, excellently played and beautifully recorded.Gramophone
Selected Discography —
Strings Quartets Nos. 1 and 2. String Trio Op. 1 (original published version)
Between his Hollywood commissions composer Miklos Rózsa created some very pleasant chamber music. This selection, including a world premiere, is given a first-rate performance by the Tippett Quartet.
Psycho Suite: Souvenirs de Voyage; Echoes with Julian Bliss, clarinet
Gramophone Chamber Review
thillingly, chillingly delivered...it is impossible to imagine more expert renditions than these...Recommended
Piano Quintets with Ashley Wass, Piano
I can't imagine the Bax receiving a more passionate, devoted performance and this disc has made me rethink my views of his music. An equally impressive account of the Bridge
String Quartets Vol. 2
I am sure he [Tippett] would have been delighted with these performances
String Quartets Vol. 1
International Record Review
The performances have the composer's full endorsement, and the individual soloists are admirable. I recommend it unreservedly
Related Media —
Souvenirs de Voyages III - Tippett Quartet & Julian BlissCD - Psycho Suite for String Quartet - Bernard Herrmann 2011 Signum Classics View on SoundCloud
The Tippett Quartet perform their exclusive Psycho Suite for string quartet arranged by Richard Birchall live at Kings Place.View on YouTube
- Costa Peristianis