The new piece for the Fitzwilliam String Quartet – called Fantazia, in homage to Henry Purcell, in his anniversary year – was given its premiere in a fantastic concert at Fitzwilliam College on 26 April.  They gave it a wonderfully gutsy and enthusiastic first performance as part of a concert celebrating the quartet’s 40th anniversary, which included superb performances of Purcell, Haydn, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.  I’m delighted that the quartet will be giving my piece again in The King’s Place, London, on May 17.