Nicholas Daniel founded the Britten Oboe Quartet together with his colleagues and co-principals of the award-winning Britten Sinfonia; they all bring to this ensemble not only the highest musical standards but also the experience of playing together over many years, resulting in warm, expressive and above all enjoyable playing. Their aim is to bring music of the highest quality to audiences and to explore lesser-known repertoire, both British and from abroad, as well as playing standard classics such as the Mozart oboe quartet.
Their repertoire includes oboe and cor anglais quartets by Britten, Berkeley, Knussen, Elgar, Krommer, Francaix, Gordon Jacob and Elisabeth Lutyens. Their imaginative programming embraces repertoire other than the oboe quartet, often including string trios, solo works such as Britten's Metamorphoses after Ovid or other chamber music combinations.
They relish the challenge of programming a well-balanced and attractive concert in line with specific themes and can be sure to find something new and interesting for every concert.
Recent concerts include performances at the Gregynog, Swaledale, Champs Hill and Wimbledon Festivals, Brighton Dome and King's Place in London. 2015 saw the quartet perform at the RNCM in Manchester, and in Sheffield and Nottingham. Future concerts include Bury St Edmunds, and in 2016 the quartet will record their first disc.