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What’s on this season

Date: Friday 8th October, 2021, 7.30pm
Location: The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury
FIRST CONCERT
"Vienna to Moscow" series - concert 1

Beethoven: String Quartet Op.18 No. 4 in C minor

Shostakovich: String Quartet No.7 in F♯ minor, Op.108

Schubert: String Quartet No.14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”

 

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

We welcome back Shropshire Music Trust favourites the Carducci Quartet in this, the first of their three concerts this season exploring both the chamber music of 18th and 19th century Vienna and the brilliance of Shostakovich's writing.

The String Quartet no. 7 in F sharp minor, opus 108, completed in March 1960, is the shortest of all Shostakovich's quartets lasting only about 13 minutes and was dedicated by Shostakovich “In Memoriam” to his wife Nina.

Beethoven worked for two year to produce his first set of six string quartets – his Opus 18 – in 1801. Although numbered 4, tonight's quartet was the last to be written in the set of six.

Written while the composer was ill, the title of Schubert's quartet comes from an earlier work (D.531) for voice and piano, where death consoles a terrified maiden that “I am not rough, you shall sleep gently in my arms”.

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?

How to buy tickets
TICKETS

£19

25 and under: £9.50

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)]

How to buy tickets
TICKETS

£19

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

Patrons:

Ground Floor reserved seating area

How to buy tickets
TICKETS

£25 (£22 restricted view)

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

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