The Lindsay Quartet
The Lindsay Quartet (or The Lindsays) were a British string quartet founded in 1966, widely regarded as the leading chamber ensemble of the last few decades.
The quartet took its name from the first Principal of Keele University (then the University College of North Staffordshire), where early in their career the musicians were Quartet in Residence.
They later became the resident string quartet of University of Sheffield and then University of Manchester, where they held frequent lunchtime and evening concerts in the city. The quartet presented festivals each year at the Studio Theatre in the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, which featured many famous local and international musisicians, and travelled widely throughout the world.
In 2005, after 39 years in existence and 20 years since the last change of members, the quartet announced their intended retirement in the following year. They then performed a very successful series of farewell concerts throughout the world, culminating in four final concerts in their home town of Sheffield in July, 2005. Individual members are now pursuing separate musical ideas.
The quartet have produced an extensive list of recordings, including two highly acclaimed Beethoven cycles, and substantial parts of the Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak repertoires.
Leader Peter Cropper is the Artistic Director of Music in the Round, a charitable organisation he founded in the 1980s, that promotes chamber music concerts in Sheffield and nationally. The Lindsays formed the core of Music in the Round’s acitivity for over twenty years, until their retirement.