Harlem Quartet come to Prior Weston Primary School

We believe that everyone deserves access to extraordinary music. We want to challenge the performance norms and conventions of the past and the idea that music is just for a certain type of person. This is why we have introduced Connections.


Connections is a series of informal concerts bringing great music into the heart of different London communities.  The third concert of the series took place in the School Hall of Prior Weston Primary on Wednesday 17th January, with an evening of incredible string music with the world-renowned Harlem Quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello).



The quartet is passionate about advancing diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with brilliant music. To ensure audiences from all backgrounds, the quartet perform pieces from all corners of the world, covering a variety of genres, styles and musical influences.


Around 100 parents and children from Prior Weston attended the much anticipated performance, with the school hall transformed into a beautiful recital venue for the evening.



Following a reception to welcome everyone, the quartet took the school on a journey through countries across the world with Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor (1893). A mixture of fast and slow sections combined with unique sound effects really encouraged the imagination to paint pictures of different world settings, which the impressionist composer wanted.


As well as this, the quartet performed Three Rags for String Quartet (1938) by Wlliam Balcom, a small collection of brilliant and quirky ragtime pieces inspired by ghostly characters and apparitions. The exciting music took the concert on a comedic detour which the musicians talked the whole audience through to keep them informed and entertained.


We aim to continue this incredible series of concerts within our school communities – our next one is coming to a school hall near you!


Posted on 23/01/2018 by Dafydd Evans

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