Coull Quartet

New String Quartet Course

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 November 2024
West Dean College

This is a brand new course in West Sussex in the beautiful setting of West Dean College and its gardens. It is situated on the on the western South Downs, just a few miles north of Chichester.

SOMM is delighted to announce #OnThisShiningNight: Music for Voice and String Quartet! This album marks a thrilling first collaboration between long-time SOMM stablemates, Roderick Williams - Baritone and The Coull Quartet, joined by tenor James Gilchrist and Sophie Bevan - Soprano! With six first recordings, On This Shining Night is a ravishing recital focusing revealingly on a 20th-century phenomenon: works for voice and string quartet. Order now from



Treasures from the New World Amy Beach: Piano Quintet, Romance For vln & pno Henrique Oswald: Piano Quintet Marlos Nobre: Poema XXI Clelia lruzun (pno), Roger Coull (vln) Coull Quartet SOMMCD 0609

"The quintets by the Brazilian Oswald and New Englander Beach date from either side of the turn into the 20th century and sit stylistically in the realms of Schumann and Faure.......... Iruzun and the Coull Quartet give it the sympathetic dedication it richly deserves. The balance between the piano and quartet is well judged, the recording highlighting important voices without moving in too close. Iruzun integrates with the quartet seamlessly and throughout the ensemble is impressive....... The luscious Adagio (of the Oswald) is as fine as anything in a similar genre from its time. Just because more famous composers wrote more famous pieces should not qualify this music for neglect. Marlos Nobre (80 last year) is also from Brazil and his four-minute Poema XXI sounds destined to become a theme tune.... This and the similarly smooching Romance of Beach's, given sweet-toned treatment by Roger Coull, are delicious appendices to an otherwise serious disc of estimable quality that is well worth returning to."
Simon Mundy - Classical Music Magazine


“...the Coulls prove unflashy, dedicated and profoundly humane interpreters of the great D minor Quartet (Sibelius)...scrupulously faithful to both the letter and the spirit of the score, and their pacing throughout strikes me as pretty much spot-on…Acquire with confidence!”
The Gramophone

Concert in Rio (October 2017)- The Coull Quartet with Clelia Iruzun,
chosen as one of the 10 best concerts of the year by Jornal do Brasil
Read here


"Music is spiritual food and cannot be substituted by anything else. Whoever does not partake from it will live and die in a state of spiritual anaemia. There are regions of the soul which can be illuminated only through music. The task of music is to help us know our inner world better and to help it bloom and fulfil itself... And where we reach the limits of human consciousness, music will point even further into a world which we cannot know, only feel."

Zoltan Kodaly