The Mavron Quartet was formed in September 2002 and is the first Ensemble in Residence at the National Concert Hall of Wales, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, having been appointed in 2010. The Quartet has also enjoyed residency, since 2005, at the Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff.
In 2004 the Quartet members were appointed Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and since 2003, represent the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust in Wales. The Quartet is also an alumni of Live Music Now.
Presenting regular recitals for St David’s Hall, music societies and festivals across the UK, Mavron Quartet highlights include premiering Dr Mark Slater’s The Turning Room at Leeds University in 2016 and Tim Raymond’s String Quartet No. 2 in Bolton Abbey, Charlie Barber’s Baroque Sonatas in 2015, Mervyn Burtch’s String Quartet No. 7 and performing Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Michael Collins at the 2014 Lower Machen Festival. In 2012, the Quartet was Young Artists in Residence at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, and also performed at the 2012 Monmouth Festival, which involved premiering ‘footsteps in the shadow’ by Peter Reynolds. In 2011 the Mavrons performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet with Llŷr Williams which celebrated twenty years of Live Music Now in Wales.
As well as its public performances, the Quartet has appeared at the Senedd, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lancaster House, the private London residence of the American Ambassador to the UK, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Guests at these performances have included HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, current and former Prime Ministers, and Welsh Ministers.
With funding support from various organisations, the Mavron Quartet has commissioned and performed a number of collaborative pieces – collaboration being a strong ethos of the Quartet. Currently the Quartet is collaborating with composer Tom Green on The World’s Wife project, based on a set of poems by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. A Wailing on the Wind, a storytelling collaboration with Liz Weir and composer Ian Stephens, was nominated for an Outstanding Multi-Arts Performance award from the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence in 2013. Performances marking the quartet’s tenth anniversary took place across the UK of A Wailing on the Wind alongside performances of commissioned works by Welsh composers Rhian Samuel, Gareth Wood and Gareth Churchill.
Session work sees the Quartet perform with a variety of artists. The Quartet recorded on The Gentle Good albums Ruins, Tethered for the Storm, Y Bardd Anfarwol, (National Eisteddfod Welsh Album of the Year 2014) Cian Ciarán’s album Outside In, Gildas’ album Sgwnnu Stori, Sweet Baboo’s EP Motorhome Songs and has performed live with The Gentle Good at festivals including Glastonbury, Greenman, Brecon Jazz and Latitude.