Friday 3rd May 2019, 7pm
Doric String Quartet
Alex Redington and Ying Xue violin, Hélène Clément viola, John Myerscough cello
Martinů: String Quartet No.3
Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat Opus 18 No. 6
Britten: Three Divertimenti for String Quartet
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E minor Opus 44 No. 2
Firmly established at the pinnacle of the string quartet world, the Doric String Quartet has played in north Norfolk for 15 consecutive years, right from the start of their career. Highlights of the 2018 season included appearances at the Snape Maltings Britten Weekend, where they played and recorded all three of the composer’s string quartets and a major role in the recent Haydn string quartet series at Wigmore Hall. They will be making their annual tour of the USA in 2019, visiting seven cities, as well as undertaking extensive tours to Australia, Japan and The Netherlands. They will also play at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival and will continue as Artistic Directors of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival. The quartet has an extensive discography on the Chandos label. Hélène Clément plays on the viola presented to Benjamin Britten by the composer Frank Bridge before Britten sailed to America. It is on a long-term loan to her by the Britten-Pears Foundation at The Red House, Aldeburgh.
Beethoven and Mendelssohn are in turn preceded by two pithy 20th century works; the rarely heard 3rd String Quartet by Bohuslav Martinů, composed in the modernistic Paris of the 1920s and Benjamin Britten’s startlingly original early ‘Divertimenti’ from the early 30s.
“Subtle yet responsive readings of Haydn, Bartók and Schubert show why this ensemble has been so durable.” The Financial Times.
“Doric String Quartet keeps genre young and vital.” The Washington Post.
Tickets: £28 – Includes a glass of wine in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in the hall.
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