Last night, a group of classikON-ers attended ‘Silent Inspiration’, the second in this year’s concert series by the Flinders Quartet. It goes without saying that the thoughtfully chosen pieces that were executed with such passion and precision were loved by all of us that attended.
One thing I really like about the Flinders Quartet is their casual approach, despite their performance being in such a prestigious location. They always choose a theme and speak to the audience about each piece and how it relates to the chosen subject matter. ‘Silent Inspiration’ focused on composers who had struggled with hearing loss. The pieces from Beethoven, Smetana and Bowman were all delightful and it was wonderful to hear Calvin Bowman speak about his work.
This did get me thinking. We should all be playing and paying for music by living composers more than we are. What music will be left for the future if we keep playing the same old composers?
The quartet were not quite complete; as violinist Erica Kennedy was on maternity leave. Cameron Hill was able to fill in and it was hard not to fall in love with him – just a little bit – as they played delightful and soul fulfilling music.
If you’ve not yet had the opportunity to see the Flinders Quartet live, please do. They have a few more performances this year, including one more in Sydney in October.