Their programme also includesMusic in Allendale June 24
Our 2019 season is now under way, and once again the Gildas Quartet thrilled us, in May, with their vibrant performance. The first of Haydn's Op.33 quartets played with polish and beauty of tone, followed by Janacek's 'Intimate Letters' which showed these young players passionately involved with this emotionally-charged music, as well as being totally in command of its technical challenges. A superb rendering of Schubert's 'Death & the Maiden' came after the interval, with a charming, well-chosen encore rounding off a memorable evening. A total success, then, musically speaking; sadly, however, we were around 25 short in terms of audience numbers, which resulted in a shortfall in box-office takings. It is now late June and we have just had a superb concert of quartets by Haydn, Britten and Beethoven, performed to a near-capacity audience, by the Heath Quartet; they are on the crest of a wave right now, with recent prestigious engagements at London's Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh, and the festival in the Lake District. Our next concert, by the Fitzwilliam Quartet, is on the 20 July; they bring with them Lesley Schatzberger to play Brahms' glorious clarinet quintet and an entertaining piece by William Sweeney for basset clarinet and string quartet. Their programme also includes vintage Mozart, and Schubert - his vibrant Quartettsatz, together with the Andante which was intended to follow it as the slow movement of a full-scale four-movement quartet. Left unfinished like so many of Schubert's pieces this beautiful Andante has been sensitively and expertly completed from the composer's sketches by Brian Newbould. SO: Saturday July 20 at 7.30, Tickets (£16) available now.