String festival treat for music lover

PUBLISHED: 14:56 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:28 25 August 2010

A WEEKEND of string quartet concerts are due to be held in a historic maritime site.

A WEEKEND of string quartet concerts are due to be held in a historic maritime site.

Trinity College of Music, in the Old Royal Naval College site, Greenwich, will hold 11 concerts featuring nine world-renowned string quartets for three days from Friday, April 17.

Greenwich International String Festival will stage an eminent series of concerts as well as master classes, talks, improvisation, experimental music and archive film shows.

Trinity's art director, David Kennedy, said: "This uniquely full yet transparent medium, for so many of our greatest composers, became the ideal vehicle to convey their most intimate and heartfelt thoughts and feelings, the very essence of their musical souls."

Music written between 1783 and 2009 will be performed, with three evening concerts in the Royal Naval College Chapel charting the three principal periods of quartet history.

The world-famous Endellion Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven illustrating the Classical period.

Major works from the Romantic repertoire will be played by the Wihan Quartet from the Czech Republic, Quartet in Residence at Trinity and winners of the London International String Quartet Competition.

The critically-acclaimed Smith Quartet, whose viola player, Nic Pendlebury, is Head of Strings at Trinity, will play works from the modern period.

The modern performance will include George Crumb's Black Angels where performers use crystal glasses and gongs, and Steve Reich's minimalist masterpiece Different Trains.

Tickets for the three main evening converts cost £12. For seven other concerts tickets are £5.

All other events are free, including the 14 master classes, interactive installations, and the Trinity Student Composers' Quartet Competition.

College chiefs hope that the festival will become established in the London classical music calendar.

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