Three free BBC Radio 3 invitation concerts at St Mark’s, Dundela, in association with Belfast International Arts Festival, featuring acclaimed British ensemble the Albion Quartet and leading chamber musician Charles Owen.

Formed in 2016, the Albion Quartet unites four outstanding young string players, brought together by a shared belief in the visceral power of the string quartet. Charles Owen is Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School in London and a passionate chamber music collaborator.

He will join Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Emma Parker (violins), Ann Beilby (viola) and Nathaniel Boy (cello) for a special series of recitals to St. Mark’s Church in East Belfast. Featuring Trios, Quartets and Quintets, as well as solo performances.

We are grateful to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for the loan of the grand piano for the purpose of this event.

Age guidance: 12+

The four players moved together, thought together, and – taking their lead from Waley-Cohen’s lightly worn virtuosity and gloriously smoky sound – locked onto Maconchy’s overcast textures and rhythmic impulse with an ease that made it all feel inevitable … the Albion Quartet sees chamber music as something infinitely more interesting than an end in itself.