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Daniel Rowland - violin
Ian Belton - violin
Paul Cassidy - viola
Jacqueline Thomas - cello
The festival is joined for the rst of two events by one of the country’s most successful and innovative string quartets. The Brodsky’s programme includes two major staples of the quartet repertoire by two masters of the form, Shostakovich and Beethoven, and a special festival commission from Ned Bigham, a name that will be known to many in West Sussex and a composer who enjoys a growing national profile.
Of his new work Ned Bigham writes: ‘I am excited to be given the opportunity to compose music for the Brodsky Quartet in commemoration of Shakespeare’s quadcentenary, to be performed at the Petworth Festival. The Brodsky is one of the country’s leading quartets and it should be a rewarding challenge to compose music which stimulates both quartet and audience. The Petworth Festival holds a unique place in the UK musical calendar with its inspired programming, and with the support of my publishers Faber Music, this will also be an opportunity to add to the contemporary string quartet repertoire. My most recent chamber music commission, the ‘Nairne Ballads’, for the Scottish Ensemble, was rapturously received and reviewed, as well as receiving airtime on national radio.’
Purcell - Chaconne in G minor
Bigham - Heaven shall call her from this cloud of darkness (World Premiere)
Shostakovich - Quartet No. 8
Beethoven - Quartet No. 13, Op. 130
Wine included in the ticket price and served from 6.45pm
Gardens open from 5pm for picnics
Generously supported by David & Mary Bowman