THE ISCA STRING QUARTET

The founder members of the Isca String Quartet are

 

Antony Clements (violin)            Trevor Taylor (violin)

Roger Hendy (viola)               Stephen Guy (cello)

 

Antony is a doctor, Trevor is a project engineer and teacher, Roger is a retired teacher/lecturer and Stephen is an architect. The quartet rehearses each week throughout the year, and since its inception in 2000 has received much support and coaching from professional players, including participation in residential masterclasses at Cambridge University directed by the Alberni String Quartet and at Benlsow, Hitchin, Herts, by the Wihan Quartet and Bingham Quartet. The Isca Quartet receives many invitations to play all over the South West.

 

The many concerts over the years have resulted in the development of a strong working relationship between the players and a corresponding expansion of the quartet's repertoire. The quartet has also teamed up with many other players such as Chris Gradwell (clarinet), Richard de la Rue (clarinet)Catherine Clements (flute), Robert Stephenson (flute),Charlotte Boyce (cello), Abigail Summers (cello), Catherine Warren (cello), Claire Goldstraw (cello) and Richard Wood (viola) to present a rich assortment of programmes. Other colleagues from the Isca Ensemble have also recently formed an octet resulting in highly acclaimed performances of Schubert's Octet and Brahms String Sextet Op 18. No. 1. More concerts are in the pipeline.

 

In 2013 we welcomed Tirke Linnemann to the quartet. Tirke is a most accomplished cellist who has had considerable experience playing in orchestras and ensembles including the famous Halle Orchestra. Tirke has brought with her fresh ideas and a rich resource of knowledge. She is a greatly valued member of the quartet. Tirke currently teaches in South Devon. 

 

Both the Isca Ensemble and Quartet are extremely proud to have helped with the development of many charities through the presentation of its concerts.

 

Please contact the Isca String Quartet or the Isca Ensemble if you wish to engage it for a concert in your area. The quartet also occasionally plays at weddings and other functions.

Forthcoming Chamber Concerts

Sunday 3 December 2017 at 3.30 p.m.

In the beautiful Music Room at Sidholme Hotel, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth.

 

Isca String Quartet

Programme t.b.d.

Previous Chamber Concerts

Sunday 22  January 2017 at 3 p.m.

Southernhay United Reformed Church

Dix's Field, Exeter.

Isca String Quartet

with Alex Wilson (piano)

 

Mozart : String Quartet in C, K 465  'Dissonance'

Haydn : String Quartetein C, Op. 76 No. 3 'Emperor'

Schumann : Piano Quintet in E flat.

Sunday 26 February 2017 at 3.30 p.m.

The Music Room, Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth.

 

 

Isca String Quartet

with Richard Wood (viola)

 

Haydn : String Quartet in C, Op. 76 No. 3 'Emperor'

Dvorak : String Quintet OP. 97 'American'

Sunday 9 October 2016 at 3.30 p.m.

The Music Room, Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth.

 

ISCA STRING QUARTET

Antony Clements (violin)    Trevor Taylor (violin)

Roger Hendy (viola)     Trike Linnemann (cello)

with

Alexander Wilson (piano)   &  Catherine Clements (flute)

 

A capacity audience enjoyed the following programme:

 

Mozart : String Quartet in C major, K465  'Dissonance' 

Haydn : Trio in D major for flute, cello and piano Hob. XV. 16.

Piazolla : 'Oblivion'

Robert Schumann : Piano Quintet in E flat major.

 

In the beautiful Music Room at Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth

The Music room, Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth.

Saturday 4 June 2016 at 7.30 p.m.

St. Thomas the Apostle, Mamhead,

Mamhead Estate,

Nr. Starcross, Devon, EX6 8HD.

 

 

 

 

 

Isca String Quartet

Antony Clements - violin

Trevor Taylor - violin

Roger Hendy - viola

Tirke Linnemann - cello

with Catherine Clements - flute

 

Shostakovitch : String Quartet No 7 Op. 108

Haydn : Trio in D major for flute, cello & piano Hob. XV. 16

Beethoven : String Quartet Op. 59 No 1 'Rasumovsky'

Special Sunday afternoon Chamber Concert.

Sunday 21 February 2016 at 3.30 p.m.

 

ISCA STRING QUARTET

 

Antony Clements (violin)    Trevor Taylor (violin)

Roger Hendy (viola)     Trike Linnemann (cello)

 

 

Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth

 

Shostakovitch : Quartet No. 7 Op. 108

Frank Bridge : Three Idylls

Dvorak : Quartet No. 13 in G major Op. 106.

Saturday 26th. September 2015 at 7.30 p.m.

Mamhead Church, Devon.

Isca String Quartet

Antony Clements - violin

Trevor Taylor - violin

Roger Hendy - viola

Tirke Linnemann - cello

Catherine Clements - flute

Robert Stephenson - flute

 

 

Music by Dvorak and Haydn

Saturday 7th. March 2015 at 7.30 p.m.

 

All Saints' Church, Sidmouth

 

Antony Clements - violin

Trevor Taylor - violin

Roger Hendy - viola

Richard Wood - viola

Tirke Linnemann - cello

Claire Goldstraw - cello

 

Boccherini : String Quintet in C Op.25

Mendelssohn - String Quartet in F minor Op. 80

Brahms - String Sextet No.2 in G major Op. 36

Sunday 19th. October 2014

 

Sidmouth Parish Chuch at 3.00 p.m.

 

Coiniciding with the Sidmouth Science Festival

 

Antony Clements (violin)

Trevor Taylor (violin)

Roger Hendy (viola)

Tirke Linnemann (cello)

Martin Jones (piano)

 

Introduction (acoustics) by Prof. Brian Golding

Haydn; Quartet Op 76 No 2 'Fifths'

Music for piano

John Ireland Towing the Path

Rachmaninov Prelude Op. 23 No 4

Borodin - String Quaret No. 2 - Nocturne

-------    Interval  -------

Elgar - Piano Quintet

Saturday 5th. July 2014 at 7.30 p.m.

 

St. John's Church, Torquay.

 

Shostakovich : String Quartet No. 6 (first movement)

Dvorak : String Quintet Op. 97 'American'

Brahms : String Sextet Op 18 No. 1

 



Players of the Isca Ensemble.

Antony Clements (violin)

Trevor Taylor (violin)

Roger Hendy (viola)

Richard Wood (viola)

Tirke Linnemann (cello)

Claire Goldstraw (cello)

Saturday 7th. March 2015 at 7.30 p.m.

 

All Saints' Church, Sidmouth

 

Antony Clements - violin

Trevor Taylor - violin

Roger Hendy - viola

Richard Wood - viola

Tirke Linnemann - cello

Claire Goldstraw - cello

Brahms - String Sextet No.2 in G major Op. 36

Quartet by Mendelssohn.

Saturday 1st. March 2014 at 7.30 p.m.

 

ALL SAINTS' CHURCH. All Saints Road, Sidmouth, East Devon.

 

Antony Clements  - violin

Trevor Taylor - violin

Roger Hendy - viola

Tirke Linnemann - cello

Richard Wood - viola

 

Mendelsssohn : String Quartet No.2 in E minor Op. 44

Shostakovich : String Quartet No. 6 (first movement)

Interval

Dvorak : String Quintet 'American' Op. 97

 

Tickets in advance from Paragon Books, Sidmouth. tel. 01395 514516.

 

Proceeds in aid of church funds.

 

 

Isca String Sextet

performing in Sidmouth Parish Church

October 2013.

Johannes Brahms

Isca String Chamber Concert

Sidmouth Parish Church

Saturday 12th October 2013 at 7.30 p.m.

 

Haydn : String Quartet Op.74 No. 3 'Rider'

Charles West: Opisthotonos for string sextet (first performance)

Puccini: 'Chrysanthemums'

Brahms : String Sextet Op. 18 No 1

 

Antony Clements (violin)

Trevor Taylor (violin)

Roger Hendy (viola)

Richard Wood (viola)

Tirke Linnemann (cello)

Claire Goldstraw (cello)

 

Concert rasied funds for the MS Society.

Saturday 29th. June at 7.30 p.m.

 

The Court Room, Staverton,

South Devon.

 

Antony Clements  violin

Trevor Taylor - violin

Roger Hendy - viola

Abigail Summers - cello

 

Mozart : String Quartet in D KV471

Schubert: Quartettsatz D. 703

Beethoven : String Quartet Op. 95 'Serioso'

Mamhead Church

Saturday 18th. May 2013 at 7.30 p.m.

 

Mamhead Church,

Mamhead, Devon.

 

Mozart : Quartet in D  K421

Shostakovitch : Quartet No. 8 Op 110

Beeethoven : Quartet  Op. 95

Saturday 2nd. February 2013 at 7.30 p.m.

Greenwood Hall, Steiner School, Dartington,  South Devon.

 

Isca String Quartet 

Antony Clements  violin

Trevor Taylor - violin

Roger Hendy - viola

Abigail Summers - cello

with Chris Gradwell (clarinet)

 

Haydn : String Quartet Op. 74 No. 4

Finzi : Five Bagatelles for clarinet and strings

Shostakovich : String Quartet No 8 Op. 110

Weber : Clarinet Quintet Op. 34 (final movement)

 

The concert supported music at the Steiner School.

Sidmouth Parish Church

Saturday 26th. January 2013 at 7.30 p.m.

 

Sidmouth Parish Church

 

Isca String Quartet with Chris Gradwell (clarinet)

 

Haydn : String Quartet Op. 74 No. 4

Finzi : Five Bagatelles for clarinet and strings

Shostakovich : String Quartet No 8 Op. 110

Weber : Clarinet Quintet Op. 34 (final movement)

 

This very successful concert supporrted Sidmouth Parish Church and The Rotary Club of Sidmouth (to help fund its community initiatives).

 

Just short of £1000 was raised for the charities.

Kennaway House, Sidmouth.

 

Kennaway House, Sidmouth

Sunday March 4th. 2012


A special charity concert for

Parkinson’s UK


Isca String Quartet

with  

Chris Gradwell - clarinet
Beethoven : String Quartet Op. 18 No. 4

Gordon Langford : Variations on an Irish Theme

(Premiere performance)

Mozart : Clarinet Quintet


£1000 was raised for the charity.


St. Michael's Church, Lyme Regis.

St. Michael's Church, Lyme Regis.

 Saturday 31st March 2012.


Isca String Quartet and Octet. 

Antony Clements (violin)
Trevor Taylor (violin)
Jacky Baldwin (violin
Roger Hendy (viola)
Jane Greenwood (cello)
Marion Attrill (bass)
Chris Gradwell (clarinet)
Alan Boxer (bassoon)
Trevor Ives (horn)

 

Gordon Langford : Variations on an Irish Folk-Song
Beethoven : String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18. No 4
Schubert: Octet in F major D.803


 

Proceeds of this concert were directed to the church organ fund.