Behind-the-scenes @ Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Art

Tuesday 18th March 2014 @ 17:20

Richard Dickins - Director of Music, Imperial College London introduces the Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Arts and a performance by the Badke Quartet

Behind-the-scenes visit to sample the musical life of Imperial College London. Members of Friends and their guests will be attending a concert by resident musicians, the Badke Quartet, and then visiting the Blyth Centre to meet the performers and talk to the students that use the extensive practice rooms.

Although Imperial is best known for excellence in science, technology and medicine, Imperial also boasts an arts scene which befits its status as one of the world's leading universities.

The Blyth Centre, which opened in 2000, is situated in the Sherfield building and was built thanks to a generous bequest from the estate of Neville Blyth. It includes a suite of music practice rooms, as well as an exhibition room for in-house and visiting artists’ exhibitions and workshops. Frequent lunchtime and evening concerts are also held for students and staff of the college, featuring some of the world's finest soloists and ensembles.

The Badke Quartet will be resident at the college during 2014 and is scheduled to give an evening concert in Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BA  on 18th March 2014. Richard Dickins, Director of Music and Blyth Centre Director has kindly extended an invitation to this concert to members of the Friends of Imperial College. The following programme for the evening will give members the opportunity to learn more about music and the Blyth Centre:

  • 17.20 Meet in Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BA for a glass of wine prior to the concert.  
  • 17:40 Members will take their seats for the concert.
  • 17:45 The concert begins (45 minutes):  

Badke Quartet
Haydn  String Quartet  Op 1 No 1
Dvorak  String Quartet in F (The American)

  • 18:30 Members will reconvene in the Blyth Centre Gallery (Sherfield Building, Level 5) for drinks, where they will be able to meet Richard Dickins, Director of the Blyth Centre and the performers and to see the facilities in the Blyth Centre.

This event is limited to 30 members and guests. Please book early to avoid dissapointment.

Richard Dickins – Director of Music 

Richard Dickins is well known for his work with young musicians. He became conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at Imperial College London whilst still a student and was later appointed the College’s first Musician-in-Residence. A graduate of the Royal College of Music, he maintains his links with the RCM where he is principal conductor at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. He was recently elected to honorary membership of the RCM and was presented with this honour by the Prince of Wales.

Richard was described by Julian Lloyd Webber, writing in the London Daily Telegraph as ‘…an excellent conductor’. He studied conducting with the late Norman Del Mar and subsequently worked as Del Mar’s assistant on many occasions with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony. Since then he has built an enviable reputation working with orchestras throughout the UK including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Mozart Players and Ulster Orchestra.

Richard has appeared on BBC TV and national and local radio as well as Classic FM. In December 2002 he was featured in an episode of the Channel 4 series Faking It in which he mentors a punk rocker through the process of becoming a conductor. The episode won not only a BAFTA award but also the Golden Rose award and the Press Prize at the Montreux Festival.

The Badke Quartet

The Badke Quartet was formed in 2002 and is widely recognised as one of Britain’s finest string quartets. The Quartet has worked with some of the world’s greatest string quartets and studied with Gabor Takács-Nagy at IMS Prussia Cove and members of the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne. From 2005 to 2009 the Quartet held the Senior Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music.

No strangers to the airwaves, the Badke Quartet has frequently broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as well as on Classic FM, Lyric FM (Ireland), ABC Classic FM (Australia) and for the European Broadcasting Union. In 2007, the Quartet won 1st prize and audience prize at the 5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Last season saw the Quartet perform all over the UK and Ireland, premiere two new works written specially for the Quartet at Kings Place in London and further afield played in Norway, Spain, Germany, Sweden and made its début at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BA, and Blyth Centre, level 5, Sherfield Building, Imperial College London.

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Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road and Blyth Centre, Level 5, Sherfield Building, Imperial College London