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The Endellion String Quartet - Over 100 years of extraordinary quartet development

Andrew Watkinson violin
Ralph de Souza violin
Garfield Jackson viola
David Waterman cello

A celebration of some of the finest works for string quartet from the past 100 years.

Pre-concert talks are included by the writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson.

Stay for two nights at the Swan Hotel & Spa, set in the picturesque Suffolk town of Lavenham, where all the events of the weekend take place.

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During this weekend, we will cover 100 years of extraordinary quartet development, from early Haydn to Janáček. We will hear works by some of the greatest quartet composers – Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn – as well as celebrated quartets by composers more famous for works in other genres.

The Endellion String Quartet has been together for almost forty years, and during that time has captivated audiences worldwide, ‘playing to each other with a sense almost of discovery, communicating to the audience on a level of unusual intimacy’ (The Guardian). The group has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble in 1996.

Concert 1: Monday 15 October, 5.15pm

Pre-concert talk at 4.45pm

Schubert, String Quartet in C, D.703, Quartettsatz
Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.44, No.1
Smetana, String Quartet No.1 in E

Concert 2: Tuesday 16 October, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

Haydn, String Quartet Op.20, No.5
Beethoven, String Quartet Op.14, No.1
Debussy, String Quartet Op.10

Concert 3: Tuesday 16 October, 5.15pm

Pre-concert talk at 4.45pm

Beethoven, String Quartet Op 18, No.3
Janacek, String Quartet No.1
Tchaikovsky, String Quartet No.1

Concert 4: Wednesday 17 October, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

Wolf, Italian Serenade
Haydn, String Quartet Op.76, No.1
Beethoven, String Quartet Op.59, No.2

Prices – per person

Two sharing: standard double or twin £760; superior double or twin £810, junior suite £890, suite £960. Single occupancy: double room for single use £780.


Admission to all concerts and pre-concert talks; accommodation for 2 nights at The Swan Hotel & Spa; breakfasts; 2 afternoon teas; 2 dinners; interval drinks; programme booklet; tips for hotel staff


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.


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.