Bingham String Quartet

Bingham String Quartet
String Quartet
Bingham String Quartet programming is tremendously varied, making use of its vast range of repertoire, and aims to defy the perceived barriers of the string quartet by juxtaposing differing musical styles and languages to provide an "edge of the seat" experience. Core repertoire from the Bingham String Quartet covers many of the great classical and romantic works of the 18th and 19th centuries and extends forward to include many 20th century pieces including George Crumb’s seminal work for electric quartet, "Black Angels"; all the quartets of Benjamin Britten; major American works by Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Samuel Barber and Stephen Montague; the Lutoslawski quartet; quartets by Béla Bartók and Michael Tippett; other cross-cultural and extended works by John Mayer, Odaline de la Martinez, Priti Paintal, Richard Allain, Peter Sculthorpe and Piers Hellawell; the complete quartets of Elizabeth Maconchy - and many more... Broadcast performances by the BSQ have included works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Benjamin Britten, Anthony Gilbert, Martin Butler, Norman Hay, Carl Vine, Luminita Spinu, Dmitri Shostakovich, Peter Sculthorpe, Elizabeth Maconchy, Leos Janácek, Philip Cashian, David Nicholls and Béla Bartók.

Sounds Positive

Sounds Positive
Formed by composers David Sutton-Anderson and Avril Anderson, Sounds Positive has commissioned over 60 works by British composers from Judith Weir to Michael Finnissy and Michael Parsons to Edwin Roxburgh, performing at major London venues and festivals nationwide. In addition the group has delivered education projects in schools, colleges and universities and for the Society for the Promotion of New Music; it is ensemble-in-residence at the Young Place at The Place in London.

Sutton-Anderson, David


David Sutton-Anderson studied composition with John Lambert at RCM (1973-77) and with Mauricio Kagel at the Cologne Musikhochschule (1977-80). Awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, the Composition Prize of the City of Mons (Belguim), the Bernard Shore Memorial Prize (Royal Over-Seas League) and the Gemini Fellowship. His music is performed and broadcast internationally and has been recorded for Meridian, Black Box, Classicprint and Oboe Classics labels. David has twice been appointed PRS Composer-in-Education and he works extensively for Birmingham Royal Ballet Education Department. He is currently on the professorial staff of the University of Notre Dame, London programme. As a conductor, he specialises in contemporary music, has been resident conductor of Sounds Positive since 1987 and made his Royal Festival Hall debut in 2000. David has been a member of the music staff of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden since 1993. He joined the RCM Junior Department staff in 1997.

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This introduction to Lambert's music demonstrates his highly personal and quirky style combined a strong sense of theatre and a shrewd awareness of timing with craftmanship and elements of improvisation.



Anthony Aarons  trumpet
Albion Guitar Quartet
Bingham String Quartet
Sounds Positive
David Sutton-Anderson conductor


"There's some remarkable music here... Thanks to NMC's pioneering efforts, much little-known music of this quality has been rescued from serious neglect."

The Wire 1995






Recording date:  29 June, 1 August and  27 September 1993

Recording venue: CTS Studios, Wembley

Engineers: Dick Lewzey, Andy Taylor, Chris Dibble 
Producer: John Lambert 
Editing & mastering:  Mike Brown, Martin Giles

Cover image: Jacques Pasquier, 'Portrait of John Lambert', 1987

(P) 1995 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number:
NMC D026
Release Date:
1 June 1995