The brilliant and wholly original Red Carousel – formerly The Stringbeans Quartet – are a string ensemble with a plethora of influences. Although classically trained, their music suggests elements of folk, cinematic, minimalism and songwriting, and their sound is likened to artists such as Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Philip Glass. Tonight they’ll be playing in the round in the Glass Studio. Please feel free to bring along a cushion to sit on, or please contact our box office if you need a chair.
Red Carousel use different methods for writing such as recalling crazy dreams, swapping instruments, eating sweets and individually going off to a quiet space for a short time. Over lockdown, they found a way to write together by composing short pieces, recording them and passing them round the quartet until they were happy with the result! Last year, they were awarded funding to make an album. It was postponed until the beginning of April 2021 when finally, they were able to get into a space together to record with Josh Clark of Get Real Audio.
The ensemble is made up of Sue Lord, Ian Vorley, Emma Hooper and Beth Porter. They have played with the likes of Peter Gabriel, The Heavy, Newton Faulkner, and have recorded for TV, film and animation including BAFTA winning The Eagleman Stag. Other projects that they are individually involved in include Lost Words Spell Songs, Waitress For the Bees, Marshes, and The Bookshop Band.