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The Albion Quartet - From Haydn to Walton

Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin
Emma Parker violin
Rosalind Ventris viola
Nathaniel Boyd cello

The award-winning Albion Quartet joins us for a weekend of quartets by Haydn, Beethoven, Dvorak, and others.

Pre-concert talks are included, by writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore.

Stay for two nights at the ever-welcoming Castle Hotel in Taunton, where all the events of the weekend take place.

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The Albion Quartet have fast-established a reputation for imaginative and eclectic programming – the music performed at this weekend will range from ‘Papa Haydn’ to the 20th century, to William Walton’s String Quartet No.1.

The group’s four members each previously performed with some of the UK’s foremost ensembles (the Badke and Navarra Quartets, and the London Bridge Trio), and have enjoyed numerous competition successes including winning the Melbourne and Florence International Chamber Music Competitions, and awards from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and ECHO Rising Stars, among others.

They describe themselves as having come together through the shared belief in the visceral, communicative power of the string quartet – along with a thirst for exploring the repertoire of the genre through innovative and creative programming.

Concert 1: Friday 23 November, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

Haydn, String Quartet in F minor, Op.20, No.5
Walton, String Quartet No.2 in A minor

Concert 2: Saturday 24 November, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

Haydn, String Quartet in C, Op.20, No.2
Dvorak, String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.51 Slavonic

Concert 3: Saturday 24 November, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

Haydn, String Quartet in D, Op.64, No.5 Lark
Beethoven, String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.74 Harp

Concert 4: Sunday 25 November, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

Mozart, String Quartet No.21 in D, K.575 Prussian No.1
Beethoven, String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 Lieb

Prices – per person

£780 (there is no single supplement); garden room £960. At a later stage, we may be able to offer double rooms for single occupancy for £50.

One dinner only

Subtract £40 per person from the prices above, should you wish to attend one dinner only.


Admission to all concerts and pre-concert talks; accommodation for two nights at The Castle hotel; breakfasts; two afternoon teas; dinners (choose to attend one, or two dinners – see ‘Prices’); interval drinks; programme booklet; tips for hotel staff.


The Castle Hotel, Taunton: renowned for its excellent service, for comforts traditional and modern and for its superb catering. It has been owned and run by the Chapman family for over 60 years. There is a lift to all floors but please let us know if you require a bedroom without step access, or if you use a wheelchair.


How strenuous?

These weekends are very leisurely affairs – everything takes place within the confines of the hotel. However please read the paragraph above if you use a wheelchair or have difficulties with negotiating stairs.

Are you fit enough to join the tour?


Group size

Maximum 76 resident participants.


Tickets to individual concerts

£25 evenings or £20 mornings. Each ticket includes admission to the concert and pre-concert talk, an interval drink and programme booklet. To book individual concert tickets, please contact The Castle Hotel.

Map for Taunton.