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The Heath Quartet - Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven at The Castle Hotel in Taunton

Oliver Heath violin
Sara Wolstenholme violin
Gary Pomeroy viola
Christopher Murray cello

Ruth Gibson Guest viola

The award-winning Heath Quartet joins us for a weekend of quartets by Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart 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. 

  • The Heath Quartet.
    The Heath Quartet.
  • Ruth Gibson
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The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet, formed in 2002, have earned a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber groups.

Since winning the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award in 2013, they have won other prizes including the 2016 Gramophone Chamber Award for their recording of Tippett’s string quartets. They have had a busy 2017/18 season, including a 5-concert series at London’s Wigmore Hall and concert cycles at the Boulez Saal and Kilkenny Festival.

Their programme this time focuses mainly on the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven – those of the two latter composers being indebted to the first. We will also hear Ravel’s quartet in F, one of the definitive works for the genre from the early 20th century.

Concert 1: Friday 5 April, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

Haydn, String Quartet in D, Op.20, No.4 The Sun
Mozart, String Quintet No.2 in C, K.406
Mozart, String Quintet in D, K.593

Concert 2: Saturday 6 April, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

Mozart, String Quartet No.19 in C, K.465
Ravel, String Quartet in F
Mozart, String Quintet No.6 in E flat, K.614

Concert 3: Saturday 6 April, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

Beethoven, String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59, No.3 Rasumovsky
Mozart, String Quintet in G minor, K.516

Concert 4: Sunday 7 April, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

Beethoven, String Quartet in E flat, Op.127
Mozart, String Quintet in C, K.515

Prices – per person

£810 (there is no single supplement); garden room £990. 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.