AS THE SOUNDS OF DUBLIN BRASS WEEK’S TROMBONE ENSEMBLE WAFT UP THROUGH THE PRACTICE ROOM WINDOWS, THE FOUR STRIKINGLY HANDSOME MEMBERS OF THE ELM QUARTET SIT KEENLY AT THEIR MUSIC STANDS, JUST 9 DAYS BEFORE THEIR TOWN CONCERT IN BANTRY. THE GROUP ARE ABOUT TO DIG INTO SOME SLOW, TEDIOUS, YET IN THE ELM’S OPINION, GRATIFYING INTONATION WORK ON THE MINUET AND TRIO OF HAYDN’S SUNRISE QUARTET. IN FACT, THEY OFTEN DUB INTONATION WORK “CLEANSING FOR THE SOUL”. HOWEVER THIS EVENING THEY ARE TIRED AFTER A LONG DAY OF REHEARSING THE SENSUAL AND IMPRESSIONISTIC DEBUSSY QUARTET, SO THEY PROCRASTINATE WITH A CHAT ABOUT THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS FOR THE WEEK IN BANTRY TO COME…..

Yseult: So Cillian, seeing as you're the only one who hasn't been to Bantry before, what are you expecting or looking forward to?

Cillian: Ehm… An engaging learning experience? :P

Everyone: Oh god Cillian, seriously…

Laughter ensues

Cillian: I’m looking forward to everything – seeing a big variety of chamber music :-)

Phoebe: I know the Chiaroscuro Quartet are playing Schubert’s Death and the Maiden. I’m #buzzing for that!!!

Yseult: You’re just excited about that because you played that at the festival last year…...

Phoebe: Yeah but I LOVE Schubert. Like I am going to get a tattoo of Schubert’s face on my body. For real!

More Laughter

Phoebe: ALSO we have a masterclass with them (Chiaroscuro Quartet).

Ali: Ohhh Cooooool they’re So Amazing!!!

Cillian: struggles to say "Chiaroscuro"

Ali: I’m really looking forward to breakfast! That café we had it in last year was So Good!!! :-)

Yseult: Yeah same. I also LOVE the late night concerts.

Ali: Oh they’re the BEST. There’s something so intimate about the late night concerts when the chandelier with all the candles is hanging just above the quartet… I tend to watch the candles because I always think there’s going to be wax falling on the players and I’m like #concerned

Phoebe: And how are we feeling about OUR concerts?? :O

Cillian: *Sits silently with bow on string, ready to play, clearly fed up with the shenanigans*

Ali: I think it’s going to be really exciting. I’m so looking forward to actually being ABLE to perform the Debussy!! :D

Cillian: Yeah it’ll be #class

Yseult: I feel like today in rehearsals today we had some moments where we got a sense for how fun it will be. Like even the start of the second movement in the pizzicato when we played so loud it was almost comical… haha!! :P

giggling

Ali: Yeah it was great! :D

Phoebe: Yeah I think there are some times when we forget our inhibitions and stop thinking about how much we need to practice intonation… (haha!) and we just go for it and it’s so much fun and it just works! I can’t wait until we’ve done all the nitty gritty work so we can just Let Rip.

Yseult: And I think we kind of got over the hump with it today. Even though after practicing the third movement it doesn’t feel in any way finished. But we just had to get through all the horrible boring stuff (#intonation) and I’d say when we go back to it tomorrow we’ll have the foundations so we can be way more expressive.

Phoebe: Cillian you’re very quiet there… What’s your favourite movement out of the two quartets?

Long Pause Giggling

Cillian: I LOVE Haydn to be honest. Shall we play a bit of Haydn now? :-)