Folk Fiddle meets Contemporary Classical
Jon Boden, ex-frontman of folk-giants Bellowhead is set to join the Sacconi Quartet for a reprise of Elvis Costello’s 1993 collaboration with the Brodsky Quartet – ‘The Juliet Letters’.
Described in Rolling Stone magazine at the time as ‘alternately biting and rueful, evoking the sardonic humor and bleak beauty of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’, The Juliet Letters is a striking sequence of dramatic ballads that reflect on love, betrayal and death.
It draws inspiration from letters that the lovelorn and desperate continue to leave addressed to the imaginary Juliet Capulet under the balcony in Verona – the supposed site of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Not a rock opera, Costello described the album as “a song sequence for string quartet and voice”.
“The arrangements capture the spirit of the individual songs elegantly and with surprising emotional weight. From the playful romp of ” I Almost Had a Weakness”, to the complex and wonderful “I Thought I’d Write to Juliet”, to the beautiful and delicate “The Birds Will Still be Singing”. In my opinion, the creation of a classical song cycle” – Amazon Review.
The Sacconi Quartet are recognised for their fresh and imaginative approach, reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. Performing with style and commitment, the quartet are known throughout the world for their creativity and integrity of interpretation.
Although a stand-out trad folk artist, Jon Boden’s repertoire extends the boundaries of the genre. Most recognisably, he was the lead singer (and one of the principal arrangers) of the multi-award winning Bellowhead, he also plays with his own band The Remnant Kings and the duo, Spiers & Boden. Outside of folk he has composed music for both theatre and film, including two Royal Shakespeare productions at Stratford: Merchant of Venice (2008) and A Winter’s Tale (2012).
The first half of the concert at the Apex on Thursday 27 February at 7.30pm comprises Rachmaninov’s sensuous Romance and Jonathan Dove’s wonderful quartet, Out of Time. The second half sees Sacconi Quartet & Jon Boden perform The Juliet letters.
Contact The Apex Box Office on 01284 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk for more information or to book.