The VIDA Guitar Quartet brings together four guitarists of exceptional artistry and “unerring musical instinct” (Gramophone). VIDA’s ability to “conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects” (Classic FM) combined with their “exquisite tonal and dynamic control” has firmly established them as a passionate and masterful ensemble who sparkle with “vitality and spontaneity” (Acoustic). VIDA’s seemingly effortless sense of ensemble and their broad range of timbres and dynamics evokes “listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. There’s only one word for it: magic” (Gramophone).

Since forming in 2007, VIDA has performed to critical acclaim in major UK venues including King’s Place, The Sage Gateshead and St George’s, Bristol. They are sought-after festival artists throughout the UK and Europe. In 2011 VIDA made their US debuts in Los Angeles (LMU Guitar Festival) and New York (Baruch Performing Arts Centre). VIDA were recently artists in residence at CSU’s Summer Arts program in Monterey Bay, California.

VIDA Guitar Quartet are D’Addario Strings classical artists and play Christopher Dean guitars.

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  • Bachianas

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    The VIDA Guitar Quartet are delighted to announce the release of their new recording on BGS Records called Bachianas which features the music of Bach as well as music inspired by Bach, including two new pieces especially commissioned for this project. Presented as a kind of theme and variations on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (in a stunning new arrangement for four guitars by Mark Eden) the programme presents music that takes its influence from Bach by composers such as Felix Mendelssohn and Heitor Villa Lobos. Also included are new works by Howard Skempton, who celebrated his 70th birthday this autumn, and talented young composer Laura Snowden. This promises to be the most exciting recording to date from the VIDA Guitar Quartet! Here is a behind the scene peek at the recording of Laura’s Bach inspired piece called ‘Light Perpetuum’ with amazing Soprano Saxophonist Amy Green
  • IGNiTE

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    IGNiTE is a unique and important release for the future of guitar music. All tracks offer great new guitar music, all especially commissioned by IGF’s Artistic Director Tom Kerstens. Tom’s G Plus Ensemble is dedicated to performing new music, its line-up of two guitars, strings and percussion, often using electronic effects, produces a ravishing and innovative sound. The new album presents new work by today’s most prestigious contemporary composers working in the UK such as Max Richter, Gabriel Jackson, Howard Skempton, Anna Meredith and John Metcalfe.
  • VIDA Guitar Quartet return to disc on BGS Records with a new CD of quintessentially British music composed and arranged for Guitar Quartet. Featuring works by iconic composers including Britten, Elgar and Vaughan Williams, 'The Leaves Be Green' blends folk melodies and much-loved compositions in a collection of never-before heard arrangements for guitar quartet, featuring several world-premiere recordings. It also features original compositions for quartet by composers Stephen Dodgson and Timothy Bowers.

    The new recording continues to highlight Vida's passion for ground-breaking arrangements. Mark Ashford's version of the English Folk Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams is just one example of the quartet's ability to re-work established masterpieces with breath-taking virtuosity.

     
     
  • Rhapsody

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    VIDA's ability to "conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects" (Classic FM) combined with their "exquisite tonal and dynamic control" has firmly established them as a passionate and masterful ensemble who sparkle with "vitality and spontaneity" (Acoustic). Rhapsody is a collection of new works and arrangements by the world-class VIDA Guitar Quartet. The pieces are united by a theme of dance music as interpreted by different classical composers, covering the swing-band dance music of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Malcolm Arnold's English Dances, Gaelic folk- melodies in David Crittenden's A Scottish Fantasy, and the Klezmer rhythms of traditional Yiddish communities in Adam Gorb's Yiddish Dances.  
  • The debut recording from the celebrated VIDA Guitar Quartet, comprising Mark Ashford, Mark Eden, Helen Sanderson and Christopher Stell. Their Andalucian-flavoured debut combines arrangements of Falla's El amor brujo (Love, the Magician), El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat), Turina's La oraci?n del torero (Prayer of the bullfighter) and Bizet's Carmen Suite.