CD printed with map of Nottinghamshire in lovely card digipack designed by David Caines. Cover photo Geoff Yale / EyeEm / Getty Images. Anglo Saxon map of Nottinghamshire taken from 'The Victoria History of the County of Nottingham', William Page, London, 1906
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Helen Ottaway’s String Quartet No.1 was commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council’s ‘new arts, new county’ programme in 1998 and received it’s first performances during a series of concerts by 3 or 4 Composers during the county’s ‘Music in Quiet Places’ season*. The movements are named after the five venues visited during the tour and elements of these places provide the inspiration for the piece:
5. Ruddington - a story told by one of the staff of the Framework Knitters Museum which describes the congregations of the different denominations of Methodists in the village singing and calling to each other on their way to chapel on Sunday morning. The final movement is also a ‘knitting together’ of themes from the preceding movements.
from Two String Quartets by Helen Ottaway,
released October 2, 2015
Composer: Helen Ottaway
Performed by: The Astaria String Quartet
Recorded by: Alastair Goolden
Recorded at: Cooper Hall, Frome
Thanks to Morag McLaren and Fay Goodridge