George Nicholson Two New Works Premiered

George Nicholson's String Quartet No.4 was given its performance by the Ligeti Quartet in London on March 7. His new work for solo bass clarinet, Soundings, will be heard in part for the first time at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin on March 17. Four of the eight movements will be played by the dedicatee, Sarah Watts, for whom he also wrote Darkness Visible, which was shortlisted for the British Composer Award last year. (CD available at

There is an opportunity to hear the new string quartet in a Firth Hall concert on March 25, and the Ligeti Quartet will be presenting a workshop performance of new student compositions in the department of Music on the following morning. See concert details at