Sacconi Quartet

Lunchtime Classics: Sacconi Quartet

Friday 14 October at 1.05pm

Main House - Tickets: £7.50 (FREE for Under 26s)


Add a touch of the classics to your day with our musical concerts, designed to provide the perfect lunchtime interlude.

FREE TICKETS FOR UNDER 26s – Please call Box Office to book your free ticket on 0115 941 9419. proof of age will be required on collection of tickets. These free tickets have been made possible thanks to the generous support of CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.


Mozart – String Quartet No.20 in D major, K.499
Haydn – Quartet in G Major Op 76 No 1

The award-winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Formed in 2001, its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artist at the Bristol Old Vic.

The 2015/16 season sees the Quartet focusing on the works of Jonathan Dove and Graham Fitkin, culminating in CD recordings of both composers. Their commission with Mark Padmore of Jonathan Dove’s new song cycle In Damascus, with words by Syrian poet Ali Safar, will be premiered in Folkestone, Aldeburgh and London. Other highlights of this season include return performances at William Walton’s house in Ischia, Italy, and collaborations with Freddy Kempf, Charles Owen, Roger Chase, Pierre Doumenge, Miloš Karadaglić, Tim Boulton, Simon Rowland-Jones, Garfield Jackson and David Waterman. They have also recorded John McCabe’s Horn Quintet, written for them and David Pyatt in 2011.

In Summer 2015 the quartet launched HEARTFELT their most innovative project to date. A radical re-interpretation of Beethoven’s iconic String Quartet in A minor opus 132, HEARTFELT pushed the boundaries of chamber music through combining sound, light and touch, for a truly unique performance in which audience members connected with each performer’s heartbeat through holding robotic ‘hearts’.

Now in its ninth year, the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone, Kent is an established event in the cultural calendar and is expanding year on year with challenging programming and exciting collaborations. The Quartet’s recording of Beethoven Op. 132 and Mendelssohn Op. 13, the first commercial pairing of these closely related works, will shortly be released on Sacconi Records. The previous release, a disc of Czech quartets, was received with widespread critical acclaim, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and tipped as a classical chart ‘Hot Shot’ by Classic FM.

The name Sacconi Quartet comes from the outstanding twentieth-century Italian luthier and restorer Simone Sacconi, whose book The Secrets of Stradivari is considered an indispensable reference for violin makers. Robin is indebted to Ellen Solomon for the use of his viola. Ben, Hannah & Cara have all been generously loaned their instruments by the Royal Society of Musicians, a charity which helps musicians in need, for which they are extremely grateful.

Dates & Times

Lunchtime Classics: Sacconi Quartet - Fri 14 Oct 1:00pm Fri 14 Oct Main House 1:00pm £7.50 (FREE for Under 26s)

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