Piano Quintet Op.27, by Christopher Morley

Performed by the Coull string quartet and pianist Mark Bebbington at The artrix, Bromsgrove, on 20th January 2012
Reviewed by Christopher Morley for the Birmingham Post

….Finally came the glory of the evening, Bebbington and the Coull Quartet combining in a persuasively affectionate account of Ian Venables’s Piano Quintet. This is a work pulsing with genuine personality in every bar, right from its haunting, gently pastoral opening. Its language, proudly, unflinchingly lyrical, has a directness of emotional appeal, and Venables’s rhythms unfold with a sure sense of knowing where they are going. His well-judged balancing of instrumental forces was matched by Mark Bebbington’s experienced attentiveness to his colleagues, and Venables received an enthusiastic ovation at the end of this marvellous piece.