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The Elias String Quartet - After Beethoven

The superb Elias Quartet perform a series of four concerts consisting of music by Beethoven and those who were influenced by him.

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

This music ‘weekend’ actually takes place from a Monday to Wednesday.

Stay for two nights at the comfortable and welcoming Swan Hotel & Spa in Lavenham, where the concerts also take place.

  • The Elias String Quartet. Photograph by ©Benjamin Ealovega.
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The Elias Quartet take their name from Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah. They formed at the Royal Northern College of Music where they worked closely with the late Dr Christopher Rowland and later became Junior Fellows and Associate Quartet. They also spent a year studying at the Hochschule in Cologne with the Alban Berg String Quartet. For four years they were resident quartet at Sheffield’s ‘Music in the Round’ as part of Ensemble 360, taking over from the Lindsays.

Their four concerts explore how various composers were influenced by Beethoven, and the different directions that this took them in – within the string quartet medium – taking us from Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn, through to Brahms, Smetana and Ravel. The programme would of course not be complete without some works by Beethoven himself – we hear his String Quartets Op.127 and Op.95 (Serioso). The Elias Quartet also decided to include some arrangements of Scottish folk tunes (Tuesday evening) by their own violinist, Donald Grant – who is also a respected Scottish fiddle player.

Concert 1: Monday 4 June, 5.15pm

Pre-concert talk at 4.45pm

Beethoven, Quartet in E flat, Op.127
Schumann: Quartet in A, Op.41 No.3

Concert 2: Tuesday 5 June, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

Beethoven, Quartet in F minor, Op.95 Serioso
Shostakovich, Quartet No.7
Mendelssohn, Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13

Concert 3: Tuesday 5 June, 5.15pm

Pre-concert talk at 4.45pm

Ravel, String Quartet in F
Smetana, Quartet No.1 in E minor, From My Life
Donald Grant, Scottish folk tunes

Concert 4: Wednesday 6 June, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

Dvořák, Quartet in E flat, Op.51 
Brahms, Quartet in A minor, Op.51 No.2

Prices – per person

Single occupancy: single room £710; double for single use £760. Two sharing: standard double/twin £730; superior double £800; junior suite £840; suite £940.


Admission to all concerts and pre-concert talks; accommodation for two nights at The Swan Hotel & Spa; breakfasts; two afternoon teas; two dinners; interval drinks; programme booklet; tips for hotel staff.


The Swan Hotel & Spa, Lavenham: The Swan has been an inn since 1667, is one of the loveliest and best-known small-town hotels in England. It spreads through a number of contiguous half-timber buildings which date to the 15th and 16th centuries. The hotel does not have a lift and there are limited bedrooms on the ground floor – so please contact us if you have specific access requirements.

Tickets to individual concerts

£20 evenings or £15 mornings. Each ticket includes admission to the concert and pre-concert talk, an interval drink and programme booklet.