Behn Quartet

The Behn Quartet is formed of players from England, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Wales. Winners of the Charles Hennen First Prize at the Orlando International Chamber Music Competition 2017, they currently hold the CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, and have a Residency at the Wiltshire Music Centre where they are mentored by the Doric Quartet. They take their name from Aphra Behn, the seventeenth-century playwright, political activist, and philanthropist of the arts.

Since their formation in 2015 the Behn Quartet have given recitals across the United Kingdom and abroad, including at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Leeds International Chamber Music Festival, and the Southbank Centre. They were honoured to premiere Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ final work at his Memorial Concert in St John’s Smith Square and live on BBC Radio 3, and have recorded chamber works by Maxwell Davies, Stravinsky and Birtwistle for Linn Records. They have given concerts in association with the Concordia Foundation, ABRSM, and Pro Corda, and they were thrilled to collaborate with the Doric Quartet for a performance of Shostakovich Octet. The Behn Quartet were also part of the official 40th Anniversary celebrations of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, performing a specially-commissioned ‘reimagination’ of the iconic song featured in news outlets worldwide, and praised by Rolling Stone Magazine as ‘a sweeping performance as grand as the original’.


Behn Quartet 002 -  Credit Jamie Drew 

Kate Oswin (Violin)

Alicia Berendse (Violin)

Lydia Abell (Viola)

Ghislaine McMullin (Cello)



Debussy, String Quartet in G minor, Op.10
Jack Body, Three Transcriptions


Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 3 in F major, OP. 73

Venue & date

St Lukes Church, Amohia Street, Rotorua
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM

This concert is presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand