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Formed in 1979, The Endellion String Quartet is recognised as one of the finest string quartets in the world. Over the years, its schedule has included regular tours of North and South America and concerts both at home and abroad. It has collaborated with leading artists including Joshua Bell, Mitsuko Uchida and Steven Isserlis. The quartet regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and appears at all major British concert series and festivals. It has a great presence in London, performing at the BBC Proms, at the South Bank and at Wigmore Hall. It has previously won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble and has been resident quartet at the University of Cambridge for twenty years.
This will be the quartet’s sixth time at The Castle Hotel, the most recent being ‘Haydn at the Castle’ in 2009. To mark 100 years since Benjamin Britten’s birth, they will perform all three of his three string quartets (No.3 was his final major work) and his ‘Three Divertimenti’. Juxtaposed with these will be some of Beethoven’s finest works for string quartet.
Pre-concert talks will be given by Geoffrey Norris, regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Music Critic for The Daily Telegraph. His publications include Rachmaninoff and contributions to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.