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Montpellier Cello Quartet

Montpellier Cello Quartet

The Montpellier Cello Quartet performs and inspires a truly eclectic range of music. They bring the rich, warm sound of four cellos to a diverse mixture of classical music, pop, tango and jazz, performing existing quartet repertoire alongside new works.



Time & Place
Time & Place
Claire and the Montpellier Cello Quartet create a magical sound fusion of jazz-chamber music. 

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Montpellier Cello Quartet 

The Brighton-based quartet was formed in 2010 by Dan James, Sarah Stevens (now Sarah Davison), Joe Giddey and Siriol Hugh-Jones. Individually, the members of the quartet have played in many of the UK's professional orchestras including The London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and National Chamber Orchestra of Wales.

Artists who have performed or recorded with them range from Sir James Galway, Bryn Terfel, and Andrea Bocelli to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Justin Hayward, DJ Format, McFly, Judie Tzuke and Kanye West.

In the second half of 2012 they embarked on a partnership with jazz vocalist Claire Martin OBE in a magical sound fusion of jazz-chamber music written for the ensemble by internationally renowned composers including Richard Rodney Bennett, Mark Anthony Turnage and Django Bates. With Claire, they have performed all over the country, including at the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall, Bristol's Colston Hall, the Halesworth Arts Festival, the Ropetackle in Shoreham, the De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, the Atkinson in Southport and the Drill Hall in Lincoln.

Between them, the quartet has a dog who sits in on most rehearsals, a courageous kitten and two didgeridoos.


For further information - www.montpelliercelloquartet.com
Claire Martin On Tour With The Montpellier Cello Quartet
04 September 2014
Claire takes 'Time & Place' on the road.
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In Tune
'...offers something of a lustrous new most effective luscious sound for Claire..."My Ship" (Weill/Gershwin) from Broadway's 1941 "Lady In The Dark" never fails to amaze and thrill. Here in the hands of Ms. Martin it's given a superb sobering treatment as only she can deliver.'
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London Jazz
'...a wondrous collection of old and new songs...[with] an outstanding band.'
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
'The hallmark of a great Claire Martin album is always the excellent arrangements, and in combination with superb playing and Linn's magnificent sound,Time & Place does not disappoint - this may be her very best album yet.'
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Choice Magazine
'An album full of delights and surprises.'
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Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
'...there's tons of class throughout Time and Place. Half the intrigue lies in exactly that, the blend of the genteel with the git-down, the acumen in conflating two worlds to come up with a third...'
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Daily Info, Oxford
‘Tonight's was a programme I wasn't expecting; nonetheless, I melted into its warm, soothing embrace, and I'll be dancing in the dark for a few hours yet.’
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The Sunday Times
‘She's Leaving Home is a match for Lennon and McCartney's original. Martin has never sounded more authoritative.’
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Deep Roots
'Ms. Martin's many admirers will not be surprised by the impact she makes with her cool approach, and newcomers to her art will find a reason to believe.'
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BebopSpokenHere
'Last night at Sage Gateshead was superb and so was Claire, cellos notwithstanding, she gave a professional performance that clarified her position as numero uno.'
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WBGO Radar
'The cabaret song [Goodbye For Now], performed with just voice and piano, is a fitting tribute to Bennett, and captures Martin's spirit at its best: she is wistfully clear-eyed and optimistic as only those who have truly lived can be.'
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Jazz History Online
'As with all of Martin's recordings, the audio quality is exceptional...'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'[Claire] has rarely sounded so commanding and moving...'
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Bop-N-Jazz
5 Stars
'Claire Martin is that rare vocal artist never afraid to push the lyrical envelope!'
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
'Time and Place is one of those rare things: an album of standouts...Bennett's arrangement of album opener ‘My Ship'...is a thing of unfathomable beauty...'
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About.com
'Martin's work here is exemplary: rich, romantic, fervent and classy.'
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Mojo
4 Stars
'British Jazz's First Lady innately personalises the songs of Kurt Weill, David Bowie, Thelonious Monk, Richard Rodney Bennett and others.'
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All About Jazz
4½ Stars
'Few vocalists are as elegant and eloquent as Claire Martin...she's one of the crown jewels of the jazz world.'
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