Quartets
The Hammig String Quartet

David Burton - violin
Paul Collen - violin
Jane Tyler - viola
Sean Turpin - cello

The Hammig String Quartet is named after a German violin maker who happened to have made the violin belonging to a founder member of the quartet.  Although he hasn't played with the group for many years, the name of his violin has stayed.

First formed in 1989, the quartet is based in London, and all its members pursue their own musical careers alongside the quartet. Their main focus is giving interesting and informative recitals and in recent years they have performed all over the UK.

Their repertoire is chosen carefully each year and they include a mixture of well known and less mainstream pieces.  For a complete recital repertoire list see below.

Occasionally the Hammig String Quartet invites guest players to make up quintets, and they have worked in the past with clarinet, double bass, flute, guitar, piano, trumpet and a second viola.

The quartet plays regularly at the St George's Arts Festival in their home locality in Beckenham.  In 2001 they visited Leichlingen, Germany where they performed Walton's Quartet in A minor and in February 2003 returned there with the Dvorak Bass Quintet.  Other regular venues include The Usher Art Gallery Lincoln, The Colour House Theatre at Merton Abbey Mills and St Mary's Church Henley.  The quartet makes regular appearances with UK music Clubs and and has recently performed at Seaton, Ruthin, Welshpool, Dolgellau and Dwyor.

All the members of the quartet are experienced teachers, and have been involved with chamber music coaching individually for many years.  The quartet has recently been involved in coaching talented young musicians in chamber groups in Enfield, and they have presented short musical demonstrations to primary schools in Devon.

They can offer attractive and informative recitals to demonstrate stringed instruments to young children and encourage interest in learning to play. For children who already play, they can offer coaching at all levels from beginners to advanced, and they are always willing to provide new repertoire for a 'chamber music day' or coach existing ensembles to prepare for their own performances.

The Hammig String Quartet

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  • “Thank you SO much for a wonderful recital on Friday evening. People are still talking about it and asking when you will next be able to come for another performance.”
    Carole - NSE
  • “Just a short note to thank you for once again doing such a brilliant job at the Gold Ball on Tuesday night. You were excellent and the music was perfect.”
    Ann - British Olympic Association
  • “Thank you for the lovely concert you presented to our faithful band of supporters on Saturday. Everyone was delighted with the high standard of performance and the well-chosen and balanced programme.”
    Peter & Mary - St Mary's Concerts
  • Arriaga
    Quartet No.2 in A
  • Pärt
    Fratres
  • Bartok
    Quartet No.1
  • Beethoven
    Quartet Op.18 No.1
Click the composer or title to listen to the piece
    • Sample Programme 1
    • Mozart
      Quartet No.18 in A K464
    • Shostakovich
      Quartet No.9 in E flat Opus 117
    • Dvorak
      Piano Quintet No.2 in A Opus 81
    • Sample Programme 2
    • Mozart
      Quartet in G K387
    • Arriaga
      Quartet No.2 in A
    • Debussy
      Quartet in G minor Opus 10
    • Sample Programme 3
    • Beethoven
      Quartet No.9 in C Opus 59 / 3
    • Franck
      Piano Quintet in F minor Opus 45