Nottingham Chamber Music Festival

Delilah Fine Foods, 12 Victoria Street, Nottingham NG1 2EX

£35 - General

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Thursday, 13th July
Summer Soirée @ Delilah Fine Foods

Villiers Quartet
William Ruff, host

Introduction by William Ruff, music writer for the Nottingham Post
Felix Mendelssohn – String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1
Wine & canapés by Delilah Fine Foods

We return to Delilah Fine Foods for an evening of music, conversation, and drinks! If you’re new to chamber music, never fear. William Ruff, music writer of the Nottingham Post, will guide you through the world of chamber music, with excerpts played by the acclaimed Villiers Quartet. They will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s joyous Quartet in D Major, Op. 44 No 1, accompanied by delicious wine and canapés curated by Delilah Fine Foods. We love it when there’s a chamber music party – bring some friends and make an evening of it!


Where: Delilah Fine Foods, 12 Victoria Street, Nottingham NG1 2EX
When: Thursday 13th July. Doors open 7:00pm with a drink on arrival. Concert & Wine experience commencing from 7:30pm, ending at approximately 9:00pm.
Tickets: £35.00 General. Names are added to a guest list so no tickets are issued. Places are limited, so book early!


Villiers Quartet
Katie Stillman, violin 1
Tamaki Higashi, violin 2
Carmen Flores, viola
Leo Melvin, cello

Named after Villiers Street in London, the Villiers Quartet encompasses the grand and iconic spirit of the extraordinary music tradition in Britain and has been praised for “exquisite ensemble playing” (Seen & Heard International), and their absolute “commitment and virtuosity” (The Sunday Times). The Villiers Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at the Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University.

Hailed as “Champions of British Music” (The Observer), the Villiers Quartet has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and on NPO Radio 4 live from the Concertgebouw. They were also featured on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, and on the score to the BBC film Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The broad curiosity of the Villiers Quartet and its passion for teaching and performing have made the VQ a valuable resource for students and audiences alike. Inspiration comes from the heart of the Villiers Quartet’s philosophy: to believe in the art of string quartet.

William Ruff
William has been classical music critic of the Nottingham Post since 1993 and, for the last five years, has also written reviews for the ReviewsGate website.  He has interviewed soloists and conductors onstage at the Royal Concert Hall before Nottingham Classics concerts as well as giving frequent talks about repertoire to adult education groups and concert audiences. He was for many years Head of English at Nottingham High School.