Millie Ashton - Violin I
Leidy Sinclair - Violin II
Nathalie Green-Buckley - Viola
HeeYeon Cho - Violoncello
Described as the “future stars of British Chamber Music” (Eaton Square Concerts), the Halcyon Quartet is a passionate and dedicated ensemble that formed in 2012 at the Royal Academy of Music, studying under the tutelage of Jon Thorne, Martin Outram and the Doric Quartet. For four years they were recipients of the Academy’s Davey Posnanski Quartet Scholarship, which granted them masterclasses with distinguished chamber music ensembles and performers including Jonhannes Meissl, Andreas Reiner and the Dudok, Apollon Musagete, Chilingirian, Heath, and Fine Arts Quartets.
The Halcyons made their debut on BBC Radio 3 in 2015 as part of the BBC Proms Composer’s Portrait of Hugh Wood and, more recently, at Wigmore Hall as part of their “For Crying Out Loud” Series. Over recent years they have won accolades including the 2017 St. Peter’s Prize, Sir Arthur Bliss and Harold Craxton Prizes, and were selected as one of the Royal Academy’s A.S.S.E.T ensembles for advanced string quartet training. There were finalists in the 2019 Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition and are current recipients of the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel Ensemble-in-Residence.
The past year has seen the Halcyons perform in numerous venues across the UK including The Royal Opera House in a 10-show collaboration with Bruce Levingston, Alessandra Ferri, and Herman Cornejo titled TRIO ConcertDance, at Chelsea Arts Club in an evening recital, and various occasions at Holy Sepulchre London where they are currently Ensemble-in-Residence. The quartet recently returned from a tour to Bermuda where they gave two performances of Schubert's Death and the Maiden in the Bermuda Festival for the Performing Arts in concerts alongside Bermudian mezzo-soprano Kerri Dietz. More recently, the Halcyons gave performances and participated in masterclasses as part of West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
The Halcyons enjoy sharing their passion for chamber music with others: in 2016 they were Teaching Quartet-in-Residence at the Dartington International Summer School, where they also performed in a sold-out concert alongside Alison Balsom; they were also the 2017/18 Quartet-in-Residence for the Broadstone Music Series, tutoring young people in chamber music and musicianship; and during their Bermuda tour the Halcyons enjoyed an evening spent with the string players studying at the Menuhin Foundation, performing in chamber ensembles and enhancing musicianship skills.
Upcoming concerts in the 2019/20 season include continuing their monthly lunchtime concert series with Holy Sepulchre London and performances at various festivals including the Thames Concerts Series, Two Moors Festival, Rhyl Music Club, and collaborating with pianist Orly Watson for concert tours in England and Ireland.