Wednesday 22 June 2022


Cardiff’s vibrant contemporary art scene enjoyed a turbo-boost last Thursday with the opening of THRESHOLD, a show at the Print Market Project  41a Market Street, Cardiff. An exciting five-man exhibition full of variety and vitality.

 Threshold runs until 26th June, Thurs - Sat 11- 6 Sun 11 – 4  At 41a Market Road, 

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Artists Charlie Celf, Sally Green, Lynn Edwards, Katie Fiszman and Harriet Williams display highly individualistic approaches. Work that is influenced by the eccentricities of life, or poetry and Italian street art, emotive installations, the countryside and coast. 

Five to watch: Celf, Green, Fiszman
(with Pete Williams) Williams and Edwards


 Surprisingly that they are, all five, transitioning into their final year at (lucky) Carmarthen School of Art’s Fine Art department. 

‘The idea is to show our work at an important turning point in our lives’ 

states the show’s blurb.


 Under the guidance and support of master printmaker Pete Williams (who runs and owns) The Print Market Project, the five conceived, produced, promoted and hosted this significant show. 


 In evidence much energy, focus and experience in, dare I say it, five so young.

Celf, Green, Edwards, Fiszman and Williams. Look out for these names next year and beyond.


The Print Market Project story is here

Saturday 18 June 2022


 The Quartet


I have long adored the string quartet . 


“For the string player the quartet it is the purest compositional form” 

according to my dear friend Jonathan Evans Jones who has been a violinist since the age of ten and is still very active professionally.


Last week we enjoyed on of our  semi-regular phone catchups. He always ends our conversations by asking if I want for any listening recommendations or have questions. I mentioned how I enjoyed the Škampa Quartet playing Beethoven and Borodin Live from the Wigmore earlier in the week. Adding, with my usual gaucheness, an observation, that within the quartet a tune gets passed around from player to player. 


Jonathan agreed, He spoke of  answering the of phrases adding that this form of composition provides for “a classic distribution of voices” -  two violins, are the upper voices, viola the middle range  and cello providing the bass. 

A good example being Mozart’s String Quartet No. 21 in D major (known as the Prussian No1).


In the quartet listening is as important as playing, to really attend on voice that has gone immediately before.


There is so much to explore in this genre. Hyden, Beethoven, Mozart have all contributed so much. Latterly Debussy, Revel, Janacek, closer to home Messer’s Tippet and Britten. To explore more modern works head over to the website Classical Music Only for a wide-ranging list of suggestions.



In preparing the piece I discovered the wonderful Enso Quartet. A US East Coast quartet that have several recordings out on Naxos. Well worth checking out too.ō_String_Quartet