The Raz Club was started by the Razumovsky Quartet - Tom, Ellie, Dot and Orlando - for people who enjoy great music, food, wine and the company of others.
We have created six sociable, entertaining and interesting evenings for the 2020 / 2021 season.
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 for a delicious three-course meal that fits the music. Raz Club sommelier Nina Caplan searches out a range of perfect wines to perfectly match the food. Well in advance of the evening, members receive recipe suggestions and where to source ingredients and the wines.
On the night, Nina joins us live to introduce the wines. We then introduce the music with the help of the brilliant musicologist Bill Carslake. We stream the film that we recorded a few days previously, and enjoy chatting with everyone afterwards on Zoom, swapping stories of how everyone got on with the recipes. 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 Brahms from Bill and terrific performance from the Raz Quartet. We had a herring starter, paprika chicken and an apple/brioche pudding with a glass or two of Gruner Veltliner. Looking forward to the March rendezvous.
Britten's luminous and beautiful second quartet, suffused with the rhythms of the sea, wind, sun and reeds of Britten's Suffolk.
Professionally filmed and recorded using Neumann KM84i microphones, in an amazing space in South London - a newly converted 19th century chapel and 1960s warehouse complex that has been turned into an art gallery.
Recipes and sourcing info for a delicious three-couse meal, with vegetarian and vegan options, from Raz Club chef Ruth Paton, celebrating the first shoots of spring and the seafood of Britten's Suffolk. The recipes will include instructions on how to pick the best nettles for nettle soup, Dover sole, Haddock, wild garlic and puy lentil stew from Anna Jones, trifle, primrose and champagne jelly, and roast rhubarb.
Raz Club sommelier Nina Caplan lives partly in Burgundy and has a passion for Chablis and its undiscovered neighbouring villages. She will talk about the wonderful range of chardonnays and suggest some English whites, rosés and sparkling.
Expert insight into the music by Bill Carslake.
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.
What a great, relaxed evening! A perfect mix of amazing music beautifully played, the chance to meet people, the fun of the food and drink, and brilliantly organised zoom - with all our different ‘pods’! And Bill Carslake was our perfect guide.
Smetana Quartet no. 2
The Ravel Quartet
A late Beethoven Quartet
Bartók’s intense, romantic first string quartet, filmed during lockdown in November 2020 in the Hungarian Cultural Centre in central London. New members of the Raz club get exclusive access to the film of the performance.
We really enjoyed last night. Aside from the music, we cooked the whole menu! which was great fun. Alison & Richard
Brahms’ A minor quartet, filmed at the amazing 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. Ben
New members of the Raz club get exclusive access to the last film.