Bond

Bond

Arts Channel – Saturday 20 October, 8.00pm

Laden with prestigious trophies picked up almost at will during their musical apprenticeships, the four sassy and spectacularly-gifted young women have each begun to dream of a bigger prize – the reinvention of the classical string quartet. The girls begin to share their vision: there will be no stiff bow ties or flowing, black dresses, and neither will the performers be sat down in front of reams of sheet music at the mercy of a magisterial conductor. Instead, they will be a breath of complete fresh air – although classical in its instrumental make-up, the quartet will not be constrained by any existing genres or traditions. Symbolising both their unity and the ambition of their masterplan, the four girls give themselves the collective name Bond. Bond begin recording a series of mostly original works. Standard classical procedures go out of the window as the four brilliant performers enhance the compositions using both well-honed technical skills and innate flair. Their arrangements are laced with tinges of everything from trance and house music to Salsa and traditional East European folk songs – the result is dramatic, compelling and sparklingly original.