Sad news


We are extremely sad to announce the terrible news of the death of our beloved friend and viola player Vince Sipprell last Friday the 30th of January. He had been ill for a while but it has been a sudden and devastating shock for us and so many others.

At the wishes of the family the funeral will be small and for close friends and family only, but we will be planning a memorial and celebration of his life later in the year for more people to attend, and will announce details here nearer the time. There may also be a charity you can donate to if you wish; this has yet to be decided.

Plans for the Elysian Quartet are obviously on hold for the moment until further notice. Please feel free to still message us if you have any concerns or enquiries for future projects.

Thank you everyone for all your support over the years. And thank you Vince for making our time on this earth a more brilliant, funny, exciting and creative adventure than it ever would have been without you. We love and miss you. x

Inspiration for Richard Skelton project

Hello again!

It’s been a very long time since we wrote anything on here. So here are some of the exciting things we have been doing over the past year, in a random order:

- We spent a week in Aldeburgh with Richard Skelton collaborating on some music together, and performing it there, in Brinkburn Priory and at LSO St Luke’s in London.

- We got together with folk group Lau to perform their New Music Biennial piece with them at Celtic Connections, the Purcell Room and Glasgow Concert Halls

- We performed Plaid’s score with them for the incredible Japanese anime Tekkonkinkreet at the Barbican

- We premiered a piece for string quartet and 52 laptops by Robert Ashley at Frontiers Festival, along with some great music by Elliott Sharp and Pauline Olivieros

- We released an album with Jason Yarde and Andrew McCormack, ‘JUNTOS’, and did a small tour to promote it

- We performed with Imogen Heap at the Roundhouse, our own arrangements of her songs

- We spent the weekend at Kinsale Arts Festival, where we did a concert in a lovely old church

Coming up for us now are two more Lau gigs – one at the Barbican as part of the London Jazz Festival, one and their own festival Lau-Land in Edinburgh, and also some recording with them in December…….


Hello again…

So we have some shows coming up. One of the shows will involve some helicopters. Can you guess what we’ll be playing? Yes, well done – you guessed correctly! We’re very excited that on October 5th we’ll be performing Stockhausen’s Helicopter String Quartet once again, with Sound Intermedia (Ian Dearden and Dave Sheppard) at the helm, doing the difficult job of balancing the sound of the string quartet and the four helicopters. This time we will be in Paris, as part of the annual festival Nuit Blanche. We will be starting the concert in the Monnaie de Paris, before heading through the hopefully-not-too-busy streets of Paris to our choppers and flying along the Seine, trying not to take our eyes from the scores as we pass the Eiffel Tower etc. Do wish us luck. Or come and see it!

Nuit Blanche haven’t published their complete programme for the night yet, but here is a page with more info about the festival in case anyone fancies a quick trip to Paris:

In other news, this Friday 20th September we will be joining the wonderful Catalan singer and multi-instrumentalist Clara Sanabras at Kings Place for the launch of her album ‘Scattered Flight’, on which we played the fantastic arrangements of Harvey Brough. Harvey will be playing on Friday too, as will Fred Thomas and Attab Haddad, and Ben Davis will be joining us on cello. But we will be forcing him to wear Laura’s clothes and shoes so as not to upset the balance of the quartet. Also, Simon Schama will be doing a Q & A before the show!

On October 9th we’ll be at the Barbican joining Plaid for a performance of their score for the anime film Tekkonkinkreet.


More shows later this autumn including a new dance production of Macbeth, more Clara Sanabras gigs and a Blackheath Halls performance – details soon…

It’s not autumn anymore, is it…

So the winter months saw the Elysians teaming up again with Maya Youssef, virtuoso kanun player, for a beautiful concert at St John the Evangelist in Oxford, presented by Late Junction’s Max Reinhardt and featuring pieces from Syria, Azerbaijan and Egypt and some improvisation.

We also premiered some works at LSO St Lukes for string quartet, piano and saxophone by the wonderful Andew McCormack and Jason Yarde, before we went into the studio and recorded them for something that we hope will be released later this year…

There are some EXCITING things in the pipeline for 2013 and 2014, including a trip to Paris to record with Rainier Lericolais, a performance at Spitalfields Festival with a new score for a short animation and some other things that are just too exciting and too secret just now…!

More news soon.

It’s autumn…

So, the last few months flew by (quite literally). The website is not so new anymore, but it is still shiny. Here are some snapshots of the Elysian Quartet’s summer:

New website!

Hello! Here is our brand new shiny website.

We’re currently rehearsing Stockhausen’s Helicopter String Quartet for Birmingham Opera’s production of Mittwoch aus Licht. Incredibly exciting.

Here are a couple of photos of our first rehearsal with musical director Kathinka Pasveer and Sound Intermedia’s Ian Dearden….