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Join us for a Chamber Music concert in the Kettle’s Yard House featuring the Sacconi Quartet and Daniel Tong.
£20 (£5 students), booking recommended
Subscription tickets: £190 (£65 students), valid for all 15 concerts
Mendelssohn: Quartet Op.13
Schumann: Fantasie (part)
Brahms: Piano Quintet Op.34
Please note this programme is subject to change
Formed in 2001, the four founder members of the Sacconi Quartet continue to enjoy a busy international career, and are Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Quartet in Residence in Folkestone.
Their latest album of world premiere recordings by Roxanna Panufnik was released in May. Releases of recent years include premiere recordings by Jonathan Dove, Graham Fitkin and John McCabe. In Damascus, their CD of music by Dove, hit the Classical Top Ten, and was chosen as one of Gramophone Magazine’s Recordings of the Year.
Last season saw the quartet make their debut in Russia with pianist Peter Donohoe. They continued their performances of Dove’s In Damascus, and gave several performances of their inimitable Beethoven in the Dark. Firm advocates of new music, the Sacconi recently premiered their latest commission from Graham Fitkin, Loosening, for saxophone and quartet. Last season they gave premieres by Judith Bingham, Roxanna Panufnik and John Woolrich, and toured with Helen Grime’s string quartet. Future commissions and premieres include works by Bingham, Dove and Nicola LeFanu.
The Sacconi Quartet is Quartet in Residence for the town of Folkestone and its surrounding areas, enabling creative collaborations with local artists and projects, and an embedded outreach programme. The Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone is firmly established among the UK’s major chamber music festivals.
In March, the quartet released an exclusive film of Jonathan Dove’s ‘Out of Time’ on Amazon with all proceeds going to Hands Up Foundation, a young and innovative charity that delivers aid directly and effectively to Syrians in need. The Quartet is indebted to the Royal Society of Musicians and Ellen Solomon for the use of their instruments.
The Sacconi Quartet celebrate their 20th Anniversary in the 2021-22 season, performing their latest commission from Jonathan Dove, and Beethoven in the Dark, their immersive performance of Beethoven’s Op.131 quartet entirely from memory, in almost complete darkness.
Daniel Tong enjoys a diverse musical life and is regarded as one of Britain’s most respected and probing artists. He performs as soloist and chamber musician, and directs two chamber music festivals, as well as teaching and writing. Born in Cornwall, Daniel first came to prominence as piano finalist in the BBC Young Musicians competition (more years ago than he cares to remember) and his life has subsequently embraced a rich variety of musical experience, from concerto performances at Kings Place and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, chamber concerts at the Wigmore Hall and frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio, to a current role as Head of Piano in Chamber Music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He released his first solo CD of works by Schubert for the Quartz label in 2012 and recorded piano works by Brahms for Resonus Classics in the Summer of 2021. He also recorded short solo works by Frank Bridge for Dutton as part of a London Bridge Ensemble disc and broadcast Janacek’s piano sonata live on BBC Radio 3.
This event will take place in the extension of the House which is accessible, with some limitations. The upper part of the ground floor extension area of the House is accessible for wheelchair users, and if you call in advance or ask at the information desk we can reserve an accessible seat for you.
Please note that we will be following the latest recommended government and university guidance for Covid-19.
We are not able to provide socially distanced seating. We advise ticket holders to wear a face covering. We will keep a close eye on the latest guidance and will update ticket holders if there are changes. If we have to cancel a concert due to Covid-19 you will be offered a refund. We recommend you take a Lateral Flow Test before attending a concert.
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If we have to cancel a concert due to Covid-19, a full refund will be issued.
Image: Sacconi Quartet, photo: Alejandro Tamagno