Japan-born British clarinettist Anna Hashimoto compiled a wide-ranging programme for her ‘Roots’ recital at St John’s Smith Square. Performing works from Britain and Japan as a soloist, accompanied by pianist Daniel King Smith and as part of the Atéa Wind Quintet, this was one of Hashimoto’s two recitals at the venue as part of its young artists’ scheme, which offers mentoring, performance opportunities and support to musicians early in their careers.
They have commissioned several hundred string quartets and other chamber works, released more than 180 CDs, and have garnered enough awards to fill several shelves. What better way, then, for the Arditti Quartet to turn 40 than with a day-long marathon? Despite performing 15 quartets over three concerts, the quartet barely scratched the surface of their impressive legacy. The final concert of the day brought together composers from across the world, including (rather fittingly) yet another première.