13th March 2006




A special event linking classical music and photography is to be staged at the Lincoln Drill Hall this weekend.


The University of Lincoln’s international concert series continues on Sunday (19th March) with a performance by the renowned Vermeer Quartet on one of their final European tours.


Concert series director Graham Oppenheimer, who will be performing in the quartet at this concert, was the inspiration for the commissioning of two new pieces of music for the viola and an accompanying exhibition of photographs.


The exhibition is currently on show in the Ruston Room at the Lincoln Drill Hall, enabling patrons to view the photographs before and after the concert in the main auditorium.


The concert will feature Mozart’s Quartet in D major K 499, Shostakovich’s Quartet no10 in Ab major Op118 and Mendelssohn’s Quintet in Bb major Op87.


The Observer described the Vermeer Quartet as “…one of the greatest ensembles in the world… the depth of their interpretations of the great masterpieces continues to thrill both concert audiences and devotees of their numerous recordings... the musical union they achieve is quite wondrous."


A pre-concert talk will be given at 3.30pm on Sunday and the concert itself will begin at 4.15pm.


Tickets costing £10 (£9 concessions, £5 students and under 16s) are available from the Lincoln Drill Hall box office (01522 873894). Tickets will also be available on the door subject to availability.


The accompanying exhibition entitled ‘Viola! Viola!’ features 50 photographs by Lincolnshire photographers Jean Burns-Thomson and David O’Donnell.


Convivium Music commissioned the photographs to link two commissions of music for the viola: the first by John Woolrich, which had its world premiere in Lincoln in 2004 performed by Graham Oppenheimer, and the second by Brett Dean which is currently in progress.


The exhibition, which is supported by Lincolnshire County Council and City of Lincoln Council, continues at the Lincoln Drill Hall until Easter.


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk