A STATUS CYMBAL recital is a unique occasion. The members, who were all trained at one of London’s three most respected music colleges, strongly retain their classical roots and delight in presenting a traditional-style first half, in formal concert attire with works by the classical masters. Recent performances of quartets by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Borodin have enjoyed considerable critical acclaim. During the interval the quartet slip into something a little more comfortable and encourage their audience to sit back and listen to music in a lighter vein. These second-half programmes often take on a theme, suggestions to be found below. Of course, STATUS CYMBAL can also provide a full classical recital, having done so on a number of occasions when requested.
Around the World in 50 Minutes
Mostly light or light-classical pieces (at least one from every continent – well perhaps not Australia!) though we often play Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody by popular demand – audience choice to be “Modes of Transport”.
Songs from the Shows
Everything from Gershwin to Lloyd Webber via Kern, Berlin, Bernstein, Rogers and many others. Audience choice from a selection of favourite Gershwin tunes.
20th Century Remembered in Popular Song
From Music Hall to Hollywood Blockbuster. A number from every decade of the last century – audience choice “Hits from the 60’s”.
Music from all (well almost all!) your best-loved films, includes Schindler’s List, The Pink Panther, The Great Escape, famous Westerns and classic screen musicals. Audience choice - favourite TV themes.
At the Grand Hotel
“Palm Court” gems from an era of bygone elegance – but the promoter has to find the appropriate props (a palm in a pot will do!). Audience choice from a medley of light classical “Lollipops” by the likes of Elgar, Faure, Scott Joplin, Massenet etc.
A Musical Kaleidoscope
All the colours of the rainbow in musical form, from Lady in Red to Mood Indigo. As so many songs concern the colour blue, we leave the choice to the audience!
Gershwin & Friends
Music from Scott Joplin to Leonard Bernstein. Audience choice – favourite Gershwin song.
THE DEFINITIVE STRING QUARTET