September 2011

The Mercury Quartet will launch RADAR, a seasonal event taking place at the Forge in Camden, London. They have comissioned 2 young composers and will premiere their pieces on the 20th September 2011, 7.30pm. --->



August 2011

The Mercury Quartet & friends will perform at the 2011 St Prex Classics festival, as part of the Carte Blanche to the romanian composer Vlad Maistorovici, also violinist of the Mercury Quartet. Sold out! --->


July 2011

The string quartet Quatuor Armoricain will perform two concerts on the 9th July in Thornham, Suffolk. Aisha Orazbayeva (violin), Hun-Ouk Park (violin), Jordan Bergmans (viola) and Corentin Chassard (cello)- Programme: Schubert, Shostakovitch, Boccherini.




The Mercury Quartet has been invited by Gabriel Prokofiev's label Nonclassical to perform at the Spitafield Market as part of the Spitafield Summer Music Festival. Featuring free improvisations and live compositions.



April 2011

Partial Gathering has been invited by the Sonorities Festival of Contempory Music to perform at the Sonic Art Research Center (SARC). They have also been selected to perform at the 2011 Belfast /film Festival.




March 2011

Composer Christian Mason and conductor Jonathan Hargreaves present the debut concert of The Octandre Ensemble. A flexible collective of musicians named after Edgard Varèse's modern classic, we are dedicated to exploring the energy of sounds, and the webs of ideas that form around them. In Music as Spheres we reveal the ethereal dream-world of Kaija Saariaho's Grammaire des Rêves, the rich inner life of Giacinto Scelsi's prayerful Pranam II, and the intricately constructed circular functions of Sinan Savaskan's Anthedonia, beside the raw visceral energy of Octandre itself. 


February 2011


Corentin will be joining Taro Hakase and his band, for two Valentine's day concert at the Cadogan Hall, on the 13th of February at 6.30pm and on the 14th ofFebruary at 7.30pm. For more Information, please visit



January 2011

The Mercury Quartet has been invited by Gabriel Prokofiev's label Nonclassical to perform at King's Place, London, as part of the OUTHEAR series. With Consortium 5, The Elysian Quartet, and DJs Gabriel Prokofiev and Richard Lannoy. This event is listed as a 'critics choice' in Time Out:


Check out the latest interview of Partial Gathering for the label/blog Seconds Square to None  

Digital Release of their first Double A-Side 'Un/Able to Negate Reason & Picture Something' available on the 31st of January from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and online retailers. 




December 2010


PARTIAL GATHERING has been invited by Will Dutta and Chimera Productions to perform at King's Place, London, as part of the OUt Hear series. Featuring the London Sinfonietta, John Matthias, Adrian Corker, Andrew Prior. 13th of December 2010, 7.30pm



November 2010

NONCLASSICAL/NAXOS presents The Mercury Quartet's Night, First Album to be released!

Featuring Linda Hirst, Ruaidhri Mannion, and The Mercury Quartet

Hoxton Bar&Kitchen, 4 November 2010,8pm


September 2010

Partial Gathering have been invited to perform at the Alpha-Ville Festival.

Taking place at the WhiteChapel Gallery.

17&18 SEPTEMBER 2010


 August 2010


20 August 2010, 7pm/ The Mercury Quartet in Switzeland at LES JARDINS MUSICAUX, World premiere of Mimrod Katzir's Azza (2010). The Mercury Quartet/Ensemble Azza at La grange aux concerts, CERNIER, CH


23 August 2010, 7.30pm/ The Mercury Quartet, ensemble in residence at the DARTINGTON INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL performing Schoenberg's Pierro Lunaire with Hannah Grayson and legendary mezzo-soprano Linda Hirst.



Partial Gathering performed at The Old Vic Tunnels as part of the _Drift Urban Sound Series, a 3 day long festival curated by acclaimed singer/songwriter Johnny Parry.
6 August 2010/8 August 2010



 July 2010

 Taro Hakase 's SUMMER MOOD at the Cadogan Hall

Following 6 sell out concerts in Cadogan Hall, Japan's most popular violinist, Taro Hakase, returns for 2 exclusive summer concerts. 2nd and 4th of July 2010
To put you in the mood, Taro has prepared an evening's entertainment rich in passion and excitement. If you haven't experienced one of Taro's unique concerts, come and enjoy the eclectic mix of classical, contemporary and traditional. Children are welcome.
Enjoy your summer with Taro's music!


June 2010

IOF Debut at St John's Smith Square

On Friday the 25th June 2010 at 7:30pm the International Orchestra for Freedom will make its debut at St John’s Smith Square, London. 

This event will be hosted by Lord Robert Winston and will feature concert pianist and rising star Alexandra Dariescu.



April 2010

Partial Gathering at the Cafe Oto.


@ Cafe Oto / 30 April 2010 Door Time: 7.30 / Tickets: £5 adv. / £6 on the door



Dec 2009

Partial Gathering invited by the Oubliettes

The collectif The Oubliettes are organizing, in one of the biggest builing in Green Park (London) an art and musique event.They have asked Partial Gathering to come perform their usual repertoire.

This event led to Partial Gathering meeting the German artist and member of The Oubliette Pablo Wendel, who has asked them to play for his new film. More information soon. Pablo Wendel:



The Mercury Quartet in Oxfrod

performing Schoenberg 's Pierro Lunaire

with Julian Jacobsen at the Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building, Oxford.




Concert with Taro Hakase, 23rd of September, Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm

Taro Hakase and a band composed by 1 violin, 1piano, 1 cello and 1 accordeon will return in the famous Cadogan Hall in London on the 23rd of September, playing Taro Kakase's composition.


 JULY 2009

The Mercury 4tet returns to the MacBeth Club in Hoxton

The mercury quartet/Nonclassical-Live improvisation/video





JUNE 2009

Corentin Chassard performing with Taro HAKASE

In June, Corentin met the Japonese violinist Taro Hakase, and performed, as part of a small string orchestra, at the Cadogan Hall. They will return in this famous hall in London on the 23rd of September, playing Taro Kakase's composition, in a band composed by 2 violins, 1piano, 1 cello and 1 accordeon.



MAY 2009

Corentin Chassard performing with the Fibonacci Sequence

Corentin had the opportunity to be part of the  Fibonacci Sequence Corentin has played Apres un Reve de Gabriell Faure, and the Suite Liturgique by Jolivet. They performed in Putney, London, as part of the 2009 Wandworth Arts Festival.

  "These days one is tempted to forget that Gabriel Fauré's Après un Rêve was originally a song before all the world's 'cellists appropriated it,  but today CorentinChassard's 'cello was accompanied by harp instead of piano, which somehow took the piece out of the drawing room and  into a Romantic world all of its own. Chassard's introverted, thoughtful style and veiled tone suited the piece perfectly".Michael Graubart, Wandworth Arts Festival 2009


APRIL 2009

Festival de Cannes - Official Competition

 In 2008, Emma Sullivan, film director, asked the film composer Christian Henson, and the cellist Corentin Chassard, to record the music of her new short-movies “After Tomorrow” . This film has been selected for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in France.



MARCH 2009

The Mercury Quartet, invited by George Benjamin, at King's College

The mercury quartet has given a workshop at King's College Music, on the 25th of March. They discussed with 3 doctorate student composers, studying with Silvina Milstein and George Benjamin, about their pieces. At the end of the day, George Benjamin welcomed the Mercury 4tet to performe Hindemith Quartet, alongside, 'PEP' from Ewan Campbell, 'Un Pequeno Essai' by Leonardo Margutti and 'Duplex' by David Satian.




The Mercury Quartet have won 'The Battle of the Bands'. It was a competition run by record label Non-Classical to find the next big thing in contemporary classical chamber music. Part of the prize is the opportunity to record a disc with the label in late 2009 along with headline slots in the popular classical club nights in the Macbeth pub in Hoxton.



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