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Mela Guitar Quartet at the Purcell Room

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Part of the Classical Season 2018/19

Hear effervescent classical guitar music from the quartet’s new album, plus world premieres from composers Michael Finnissy, Laura Snowden and Stephen Goss.

Alongside repertoire from album Pluck, Strum and Hammer, Mela Guitar Quartet performs Carmen Fantasy by Steve Goss, as described by BBC Music Magazine: ‘This party-piece of the year achieves the impossible… flair, quick thinking and a feel for colour are everywhere… part satire, [it] cleverly deconstructs the opera and other composers’ Spanish fantasies.’

The virtuosic Bacchanale and Pluck, Strum, and Hammer are joined by the inventive, colourful Australian piece Opals, by Phillip Houghton, and three wonderfully energetic, heartfelt Brazilian works complete the programme.

Mēla, an Indian word meaning festive gathering, embodies the ethos of the Mēla Guitar Quartet. Bringing the colours and textures of four classical guitars to life with a wonderfully inventive, eclectic mix of repertoire, Mēla explore the art of a classical quartet to the highest level, whilst still making their style accessible for all.

Members Matthew Robinson, George Tarlton, Daniel Bovey and Jiva Housden each have a wealth of concert experience, from performances on BBC Radio 3 and 4 to concerto performances with various orchestras, performing in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Purcell Rooms.

Tickets £10.00 – £20.00 / concessions, booking fee £3.00

Further information at the South Bank Centre


Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

Philllip Houghton: Opals

Laura Snowden: My Clock is Broken (World premiere)

Stephen Goss: Carmen Fantasy

~ Interval ~

Stephen Goss: Venezuela (World premiere);

Michael Finnissy: Ports of Entry (World premiere)

Egberto Gismonti: Agua e Vinho

Bryan Johanson: Pluck, Strum and Hammer

Sergio Assad: Uarekena



May 5
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm


South Bank Centre


Purcell Room
Southbank Centre
London, SE1 8XX United Kingdom
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