The Albion String Quartet present a sumptuous array of works from the masters of the quartet medium, encompassing the pivotal shift from the classical to the romantic style, with a work from each major quartet cycle through to the great 20th-century giant Shostakovich.
Since forming in 2014, the group has enjoyed numerous competition successes including the Melbourne and Florence International Chamber Music Competitions, and awards from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and ECHO Rising Stars. The Quartet’s thirst for exploring the repertoire of the chamber string quartet genre expresses itself through innovative and eclectic programming.
Pre-concert talks are given by Richard Wigmore.
Tuesday 19 May, 5.15pm
Talk at 4.45pm
Mozart, Quartet No.15 in D minor, K.421
Suk, Meditation on an old Czech hymn ‘St Wenceslas’ Op.35
Dvořák, Quartet No.13 in G, Op.106
Wednesday 20 May, 11.00am
Talk at 10.30am
Beethoven, Quartet No.5 in A, Op.18, No.5
Shostakovich, Quartet No.3 in F, Op.73
Wednesday 20 May, 5.15pm
Talk at 4.45pm
Mozart, Quartet No.16 in E flat, K.428
Mendelssohn, Capriccio for String Quartet
in E minor, Op.81, No.3
Schumann, Quartet No.1 in A minor
Thursday 21 May, 11.00am
Talk at 10.30am
Haydn, Quartet in D, Op.64 No.5, Lark
Brahms, Quartet No.3 in B flat, Op.67
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Prices – per person
Two sharing: standard double or twin £810; superior double or twin £890; Junior suite (‘Gainsborough’) £990; Suite (‘Constable’) £1,050. Single occupancy: double for sole use £860; superior double for sole use £960.
All concerts and pre-concert talks, accommodation for two nights at The Swan Hotel & Spa, breakfasts, two afternoon teas, two dinners, interval drinks, programme, tips for hotel staff.
The Swan Hotel & Spa, Lavenham. The Swan Hotel has been an inn since 1667 and is one of the loveliest and best-known and small-town hotels in England. It spreads through a number of contiguous half-timber buildings which date to the 15th and 16th centuries.
The bedrooms have been recently renovated in a pleasingly restrained manner which retains their historical character. Most bathrooms have a bath with shower fitment. Facilities include a bar, extensive lounge areas, a brasserie and the Weavers’ House Spa. Dinners are served in the hall.
Due to the historical nature of the building, the hotel does not have a lift, and on the ground floor there are steps to negotiate. A limited number bedrooms are available on the ground floor. If you have access requirements, please contact us as soon as possible.
Lavenham is only around 60 miles from London and yet it feels a world apart, and an age away. Surrounded by gently rolling farming country, this Suffolk village is noted for its outstanding 15th-century church and half-timbered medieval houses.
Individual concert tickets
£20 mornings, £25 evenings. Interval drinks and a programme are also included. For Lavenham concert tickets, please contact us on 020 8742 3355.