The piano quartet Domus was formed in 1979 at Sandor Vegh's International Musicians' Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall. The original members were Susan Tomes, Krysia Osostowicz, Robin Ireland (viola) and Timothy Hugh (cello). Domus first made its reputation performing in its own portable concert hall, which also gave the group its name—a white geodesic dome seating two hundred. Playing in this magical and intimate setting, Domus's committed yet informal presentation won them an enthusiastic following, and they appeared at venues in remote places throughout the world, from Italian hilltops and German parks to Australian city squares. Through their open rehearsals, discussion groups and workshops, Domus's characteristic performance style evolved through its close relationship with its audiences, and greatly enhanced the accessibility and understanding of the repertoire. However, the group's ever-increasing following eventually outgrew the dome and drew them back into the conventional concert hall and to the recording studio.