ARQ
Overview
Performers
COVID-19 Precautions

Led by bassist and composer Alison Rayner, multi award-winning quintet ARQ are widely celebrated from several years of extensive UK and European touring – and critically acclaimed for album releases ‘August’ (2014) and ‘A Magic Life’ (2016).

Their music combines richly nuanced compositions, rhythmic interplay and folk-infused melodies; this, along with their love of improvisation, creates a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality. ARQ play ‘songs without words’ and are lauded for their vibrant, communicative performances.

ARQ’s third album Short Stories was released in October 2019, supported by Arts Council England and the PRS Foundation and receiving extensive international radio play and press acclaim. Promotional touring was halted by the pandemic in Spring 2020; this now resumes with an appearance at Ronnie Scott’s and regional touring from October 2021.

A collection of eight perfectly formed originals ★★★★ BBC Music Magazine

Memories brought to life ★★★★ The Observer 

A great album ★★★★ All About Jazz
 

Performers

Alison Rayner – double/fretless bass

Buster Birch – drums / percussion

Deirdre Cartwright – guitar 

Diane McLoughlin – saxophones

Steve Lodder – piano 
 

COVID-19 Precautions

Our advice and measures will change in accordance with the most recent government guidance. Currently we are:

• Keeping a record of contact details for lead bookers.
• Conducting extra regular cleaning.
• Welcoming audience members with hand sanitiser.
• Designating toilets for your event.
• Keeping windows open for good ventilation.
• Encouraging audience members and staff to wear masks, unless exempt or when eating/drinking.
• Recommending taking a lateral flow test for everyone attending.