Joseph Phibbs – a World Premiere

Friday, August 31st, 2012 by Tricycle

Composer Joseph Phibbs

Anticipating the WORLD PREMIERE of his new string quartet at the Tricycle Theatre on Sunday 16 September, the acclaimed local composer Joseph Phibbs writes:

‘I’m thrilled to have been commissioned by the Tricycle Theatre to write this short string quartet for the Honeymead Ensemble.  I’ve tried to make the work reflect the unique space in which it will be first performed, and in this regard it could be seen to reveal ‘dramatic’ qualities- sudden changes in mood and pace, and the four players conceived at time as characters in a drama. My biggest heroes of string quartet writing would have to be Schubert, Beethoven (who revolutionised the genre) and Britten- with Bartok and Carter also somewhere in the mix.  It’s therefore a particular privilege to have my new work presented alongside two of these giants- the second quartet of Britten’s being one of my very favourite works.’


Listen to an extract from Phibbs’ 2005 work The Canticle of the Rose for string quartet and solo soprano, which was shortlisted for the RPS Chamber Music Prize.

Find out more about Joseph Phibbs or book now for September’s concert.