Elmore Quartet

Xander Croft (violin)
Miles Ames (violin)
Inis oirr Asano (viola)
Felix Hughes (cello)

Winners of the Tunnell Trust Awards 2020, the Elmore String Quartet is a dynamic young ensemble formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2017. Working closely with Donald Grant (Elias String Quartet) and Petr Prause (Talich String Quartet), the group found early success winning RNCM's Nossek and Hirsch chamber music prizes for their performances of Mendelssohn's Quartet Op.12 and Beethoven's Quartet Op.132.

These successes led to performances across the UK with recitals for Manchester Concert Society, Lake District International Music Festival and the South Downs International Summer Music Festival, where they became the first Quartet in Residence in 2018 providing an opportunity to study with the Benyounes String Quartet.

In 2020, the Elmore Quartet was appointed RNCM's Studio Quartet, enjoying an intense year of study, working with Frederik 0land (Danish Quartet) and Bruno Schrecker (Allegri Quartet) and culminating in second prize at the CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition at Wigmore Hall.

In 2021, the Quartet was appointed Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at RNCM for the academic year 2021/22, allowing the Quartet to continue working intensely together as well as coaching young chamber ensembles at RNCM.

In 2022, the Quartet toured Scotland, recorded Joseph Bologne's Concertante Quartet No.2 as part of the BBC Philharmonic's Diversity in Music programme for BBC Radio 3, and performed in Oxford's Holywell Music Room. This year, the Quartet made their overseas debut in Heidelberg at the final of the Irene Steels-Wilsing International Quartet Competition.