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The Mandelring Quartet - Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven

The Mandelring Quartet return to Taunton for a third (non-consecutive) season to perform a programme of string quartets by Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven.

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 Mandelring Quartet. Credit: Uwe Arens.
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The Mandelring Quartet are famed for their expressivity and remarkable homogeneity of sound and phrasing. They have been prize-winners at prestigious competitions such as Munich International Music Competition, Evian and Reggio Emilia. Their busy concert schedule has taken them to major venues and festivals worldwide. Their recording of Mendelssohn’s complete chamber works for strings has received outstanding reviews, and their discs of the complete Shostakovich string quartets are regarded by critics as a benchmark.

The programme concentrates on some of the greatest string quartets of the ensemble’s native repertoire, and which they have performed many times to great acclaim – that of Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven.

Concert 1: Friday 9 March, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm
Haydn, Quartet in D, Op.71 No.2
Beethoven, Quartet in C minor, Op.18 No.4
Schubert, Quartet in D minor, D810 ‘Death & the Maiden’

Concert 2: Saturday 10 March, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am
Haydn, Quartet in B minor, Op.33 No.1
Schubert, Quartettsatz in C minor, D703
Beethoven, Quartet in C, Op.59 No.3

Concert 3: Saturday 10 March, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm
Haydn, Quartet in B flat, Op.1 No.1, The Hunt
Beethoven, Quartet in D, Op.18 No.3
Schubert, Quartet in G, D887

Concert 4: Sunday 11 March, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am
Haydn, Quartet in C, Op.76 No.3 Emperor
Beethoven, Quartet in E minor Op.59 No.2

Prices – per person

£730 with one dinner or £770 with both dinners (there is no single supplement); garden room £870 with one dinner or £910 with both dinners.


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.

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.

Visit the Castle Hotel website to buy tickets

Map for Taunton.