The Raz Club was started in 2020 by the Razumovsky Quartet for people who enjoy great music, food, wine and the company of others.
We are part way through our first season. Still to come are Ravel on 15 May and Beethoven on 1st July. Scroll down for details.
For each evening, we record and film one of the great string quartets, in an unusual London venue. Our in-house chef Ruth Paton suggests recipes and sourcing ideas for food that fits the music, or you can order a specially made Raz Club meal from London Kitchen Deliveries.
Raz Club sommelier and wine writer Nina Caplan searches out a range of perfect wines to perfectly match the food, and we organise a Raz Club case with an independent wine merchant. Well in advance of the evening, members receive the recipe suggestions and where to source ingredients and the wines.
On the night, we introduce the music with the help of the brilliant musicologist Bill Carslake, and often a special guest. We stream the film that we recorded a few days previously, and enjoy chatting with everyone afterwards on Zoom. There is the option of breakout rooms, so members can chat to each other, meet new friends and catch up with old.
Thank you for a wonderful evening - so well organised. Great insights into the music from Bill and terrific performance from the Razumovsky Quartet.
25% discount to the 2 remaining evenings in the 2020 - 2021 season
Sociable, informative and entertaining evenings with the Razumovsky Quartet, wine writer Nina Caplan, musicologist Bill Carslake and special guests.
Expert insight into the music and wine.
Chat, breakout rooms and the chance to ask questions if you like.
Catch up with friends, meet new people, and enjoy great music, food and wine.
Gives access to your whole household to the remaining evenings between now and June at a 25% discount, plus access to online films of the quartet performing Bartok, Brahms, Britten and Smetana.
One of the best concerts I've ever been to. Mel Giedroyc
£30 instead of £40
The Ravel Quartet
Like Ravel himself, this quartet's elegant and sophisticated surface hides a passionate and turbulent inner life. The pizzicato second movement conjures up the sultry evening of a Spanish fiesta, and the music suddenly sidesteps into a miniature opera, with the instruments taking it in turns to sing fleeting arias and duets of longing and passion, before the fiesta takes over again.
Filmed in Bermondsey Project Space, a lovely tiny art gallery on one of our favourite streets in London (above), whose cafés and restaurants will just be beginning to welcome hungry and thirsty Londoners.
Thanks for a wonderful evening yesterday - you manage the technology brilliantly. It was an exciting journey, meeting old friends, making new ones and learning lots on the way. What a great concept, with brilliant explanations and personal commentaries around the playing - all so informative, informal and most of all - good fun!
£20 for your whole household
Beethoven Quartet in A minor Op 132
Beethoven's late quartets are the pinnacle of the repertoire, and we chose this particular quartet because of its movement titled Heilige Dankgesang - Beethoven's heartfelt thanks to the heavens for his recuperation from illness.
These quartets are truly astonishing and rewarding pieces of music to play and listen to.
Recorded and filmed in a truly breathtaking hidden gem. Few people know about the Normansfield Theatre in Teddington, and we're hugely grateful to Jo for allowing us in for the day.
The magic of the evening is the music … you are all such wonderful players and give the performance such intensity that it feels like a live concert. The setting was perfect, and we loved the commentary and discussions.
£20 for your whole household
RAZ CLUB I
Bartók’s intense, romantic first string quartet, filmed during lockdown in November 2020 in the Hungarian Cultural Centre in central London.
We really enjoyed last night. Aside from the amazing music, we cooked the whole menu which was great fun.
RAZ CLUB II
Brahms’ A minor quartet, filmed in Pear Tree House in South London in January 2021
What a fantastic evening, full of energy and zest for life. We weren't quite sure what to expect, but enjoyed it enormously and hearing you talk with such refreshing honesty about what you think and feel when you are playing made our listening all the more enjoyable.
RAZ CLUB III
Britten's second quartet in C major, full of the sounds and rhythms of the Suffolk coast.
Filmed and recorded using Neumann KM84i microphones in a newly converted 19th century chapel and 1960s warehouse complex that has been turned into an art gallery. (photo above). We were joined by special guest Dr Lucy Walker from Britten Pears Arts.
Many thanks for such an enjoyable concert. Wonderful playing; quite spellbinding.
RAZ CLUB IV
Smetana Quartet no. 1 'From my life'
A musical portrait of intense young love, wild parties, and coming to terms with his total deafness. Recorded and filmed in the Chain Store at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London.
Another wonderful evening! Thank you for creating such an oasis of pleasure in the last few months. I would love it to continue - everything is just so enjoyable - the wine, food, history, the talks and of course the music.
The Raz Club has been set up for you to enjoy great music, food and wine with friends. Every evening includes:
Each ticket gives access to your whole household, and any friends you would like to invite over to share the evening with, when restrictions allow.
Raz Club season II
Great music that you have to experience once in your life.
We are planning season 2 now. The evenings will be both live and online.
October 2021 Janacek
November Beethoven Op 59
January 2022 Berg Op 3 and Haydn
March Bartok 6th Quartet
May Schubert G major quartet
Members who are paying a regular subscription of £10 per month will automatically have member's access to all concerts in the 2021 - 2022 season.
Stay tuned for more details. We're talking to some really exciting venues.
We've also been invited to play as part of music festivals and concert series.. Sign up to our mailing list for more details.
Has your livelihood been substantially affected by the pandemic, or are you unable to afford the joining fee or ticket price? Please pay what you can and join us for an evening or for the whole series. We welcome everyone.