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What’s on this season

Date: Friday 19th November, 2021, 7.30pm
Location: The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury
"Vienna to Moscow" series – concert 2

Haydn: String Quartet Op.33 No. 2 in E♭, “The Joke”

Shostakovich: String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110

Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op. 132


Matthew Denton, violin
Michelle Fleming, violin
Eoin Schmidt-Martin, viola
Emma Denton, cello

The Carducci Quartet return for the second of their three concerts this season exploring the chamber music of 18th and 19th century Vienna together with the brilliance of Shostakovich's writing.

Joseph Haydn was famous for incorporating jokes into both his life and his music. If you don't know this quartet, then we're not going to spoil the joke for you!

Shostakovich's 8th quartet is his most loved and has five movements over a duration of around 20 minutes.

In a complete contrast to the first concert, Beethoven's String Quartet Op.132 No.15 comes from his 'late' set of works, which were also his last.

An internationally renowned Anglo-Irish string quartet based in the UK, the versatile and award-winning Carducci String Quartet has performed everything from brand new quartets, classic works by Haydn, complete Shostakovich cycles, and even partnered with folk-rock icon Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Founded in 1997, the ensemble has won numerous international competitions, including Concert Artists Guild International Competition USA 2007 and First Prize at Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition 2004.

Why not arrive a bit earlier at the Lion Hotel and enjoy a relaxing pre-concert drink or light meal at the bar?

[Photo taken from a promotional Naxos YouTube video of Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 (Naxos 8.559636)]

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25 and under: £9.50

Date: Friday, 3rd December, 7.30pm
Location: St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury
The always packed, now traditional and ever popular unique celebration of seasonal music with readings.

Ex Cathedra: 50 years of inspiring singing

In the deep, still darkness, only candles pierce the winter gloom. And then, upon the silence, comes the luminous sound of a choir in harmony. With a sequence of Christmas music old and new, and readings to make you smile and reflect, our popular Christmas concerts are a uniquely magical way to begin your festive season.

Early booking is recommended.

This concert will end at approximately 10pm


Ground Floor reserved seating area

How to buy tickets

£25 (£22 restricted view)

25 and under: £12.50 (£11 restricted view)

Date: Friday 14th January, 2022, 7.30pm
Location: St Alkmund's Church, Shrewsbury
One of the world's most acclaimed viol consorts.

The programme includes music by

Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)

Matthew Locke (c. 1621 – August 1677)


Fretwork are:

Richard Boothby, Emily Ashton, Asako Morikawa, Joanna Levine and Sam Stadlen

Fretwork have brought viol playing to another level of popularity through original programming and sheer brilliance.

Founded in 1985 in London, few ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertory.

In these last three decades, the ensemble has explored the core repertoire of great English consort music, from Taverner to Purcell, and have made classic recordings of this music. In addition to their performance of early music, Fretwork have become known as pioneers of contemporary music for viols, having commissioned more than 40 new works.

Fretwork has performed in all London’s major chamber halls, including King’s Place, Cadogan Hall, and the Wigmore Hall. The group debuted at Carnegie Hall, New York in February 2010, and returned in 2019 on their tour with countertenor Iestyn Davies. 

2022 will be the 400th anniversary of Matthew Locke, one of the great English composers before he ceded the title to his pupil, Henry Purcell. Locke wrote some of the most distinguished and intensely idiosyncratic music in an age of eccentric individualism. He wrote a large body of music for viols, and Fretwork will be celebrating and championing Locke with a series of recordings and concerts. The ensemble will pair this music with the precocious Purcell’s viol consorts, written in the glorious summer of 1680, when Purcell was not yet 21. Definitively the last consort music of the ancient era.

How to buy tickets


25 and under: £9.50

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