The Maxwell String Quartet and the Tenerife clarinet player Maximiliano Martín give a concert on Thursday this week.


As part of its Chamber Cycle, the Auditorio de Tenerife will present a concert by the Maxwell Quartet and the Tenerife clarinet player Maximiliano Martín this Thursday [21st]. The performance, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Chamber Hall, will include traditional Scottish and contemporary music.


The concert's first part will feature Worksongs, the latest project from the Maxwell Quartet, exploring the traditional music of their homeland of Scotland. It brings together songs, dances, and stories from times past, borne out of the historic industries that Scotland is renowned for. Worksongs is a historical tour of Scotland's hardworking societies, woven together in the Maxwell Quartet's own impressionistic and sensitive reworkings of traditional songs.


The concert continues with Maximiliano Martín joining the Maxwell Quartet to perform the second piece, Tuireadh, a work by the Scottish composer and conductor James MacMillan (1959). With this threnody or funeral wail, the author picks up on the influence of Gaelic psalmody from the British Isles, which still exists today. 


To conclude the evening, the musicians will play the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, op.115, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). The German pianist and composer composed this chamber music work in four movements in 1891 for the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld.


The Maxwell Quartet, formed in 2010, comprises Elliott Perks on viola, Colin Scobie and George Smith on violin, and Duncan Strachan on cello. The quartet was the First Prize-winner and Audience Prize-winner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in Trondheim, Norway 2017. For The Scottish Herald, this ensemble is "brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating". The quartet has toured throughout Europe and the United States during its career and currently holds the position of Associate Artist at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 


Tenerife-born Maximiliano Martín combines his work as principal clarinettist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with solo engagements, chamber music and masterclasses worldwide. Throughout his career, he has collaborated as guest principal clarinettist with orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bergen and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Abbado, Haitink, Colin Davis and Mackerras. 


The tickets for the concert can be purchased at a single price of €15 and 5 euros for the audience under 30 years of age on the website, at the auditorium's box office, or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are discounts for students, unemployed and large families.