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The Chilingirian Quartet - Haydn and Mozart: String Quartets and Quintets

The Chilingirian Quartet has performed many times at The Castle Hotel – this will be their thirteenth appearance since 1978.

A programme of Mozart and Haydn quartets and quintets, with enlightening pre-concert talks by Richard Wigmore.

Stay for two nights at the ever-welcoming Castle Hotel in Taunton, where all the events of the weekend take place.


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    The Chilingirian Quartet.
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    The Castle Hotel, Taunton.
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For over four decades, the Chilingirian String Quartet has thrilled audiences worldwide with its vibrant, virtuosic performances. Their sound is powerful and precise; richly interpretive and yet always true to the composer’s vision. Today the Quartet continues to have a busy touring schedule, an ever-expanding repertoire, and a series of acclaimed recordings. They are also Quartet-in-Residence at the Royal College of Music, and have a close affiliation with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.

Guest viola player Prunella Pacey is currently a member of the Arto Ensemble and Cugnon Consort, and a former member of the Allegri String Quartet. She has performed internationally and recorded extensively, and is currently consultant viola teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

The programme for the weekend needs barely any introduction. It is dedicated to two giants of chamber music, and particularly of string ensemble repertoire: Mozart and Haydn.

Concert 1: Friday 13 April, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm
Haydn, Quartet in D, Op.50 No.6
Mozart, Quintet No.1 in B flat, K.174
Mozart, Quintet No.3 in C, K.515

Concert 2: Saturday 14 April, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am
Mozart, Quartet in B flat, K.458, The Hunt
Haydn, Quartet in C, Op.54 No.2
Mozart, Quintet No.5 in D, K.593

Concert 3: Saturday 14 April, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm
Mozart, Quartet No.15 in D minor, K.421
Mozart, Quintet No.2 in C minor, K.406
Mozart, Quintet No.4 in G minor, K.516

Concert 4: Sunday 15 April, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am
Haydn, Quartet in D minor, Op.42
Haydn, Quartet in G, Op.77 No.1
Mozart, Quintet No.6 in E flat, K.614

Price – 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: 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.

'A varied programme with stunning performances – interesting and accessible.'

'It was absolutely a great privilege to hear these works played by this quartet.'

'A particularly good weekend: a well balanced programme.'

'Everything is thought of and works like clockwork. No hidden extras. First class speakers and performers.'

'We love The Castle Hotel. Bedrooms extremely comfortable, good food and a very friendly atmosphere.'