The Liverpool String Quartet and Hunter Davies - Get Back to the Beatles
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, the Liverpool String Quartet, who are all members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, will play a selection of Beatles songs, many familiar and some less so - including Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby and When I’m Sixty Four. The Beatles were famously thrown out of a dinner dance at the Crown and Mitre ballroom in 1963 because they were wearing leather jackets! The Liverpool String Quartet will perform the music of The Fab Four in that very same ballroom, 54 years on.
Introduced by Hunter Davies, author of the only authorised biography of the Beatles, this promises to be an entertaining hour as he provides fascinating insights, in his own inimitable style, as to how the songs came to be written. Hunter Davies was brought up in Carlisle and educated at University College, Durham. He has spent his lifetime writing books, including his biography of the Beatles, as well as a comprehensive Beatles encyclopaedia and a book on their song lyrics. In 2014 Hunter Davies was awarded the OBE for his services to literature.
Formed in 2010, the Liverpool String Quartet have performed extensively throughout the UK and abroad. At home in Merseyside they have a concert series at the Nordic Church, and have played at many other notable venues, including St. George’s Hall, Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, and the Liverpool Philharmonic's new Music Room. The LSQ have toured internationally many times, most recently to Catalonia with renowned pianist Martin Roscoe. In Barcelona in 2016, the quartet gave the world premiere of the full String Quartet version of “The Snowman” by Howard Blake, with narrator, which was arranged specially for the Liverpool String Quartet by the composer. The members of the quartet are Hilary Browning, cello; Jim Clark, violin; Sarah Hill, violin and Daniel Sanxis, viola. For this concert they are also joined by Michael Burke, keyboard and harmonica.