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Adrian Butterfield - violin
Kathryn Parry - violin
Rachel Stott - viola
Ruth Alford - cello
With actors Clare McCaldin and Martin Nelson.
The 18th century singer, composer and impresario Michael Kelly’s book of Reminiscences is a page turner; the kind of continuous stream of lively anecdotes that might be provided by a exceptionally entertaining dinner guest. Accuracy was not necessarily Kelly’s forte but the picture he paints of late 18th century Vienna is nevertheless vivid and convincing. In particular we are fortunate to have his account of the string quartet party he attended in 1784, when Haydn, Mozart, Dittersdorf and Vanhal played quartets together.
The Revolutionary Drawing Room’s Viennese Quartet Party presents the music of the four composers in the context of Kelly’s irrepressibly garrulous narrative performed by Clare McCaldin and Martin Nelson in the roles of Mozart’s muse, soprano Nancy Storace, and Michael Kelly.
Haydn - String Quartet in E at OP. 33/2 “The Joke”
Dittersdorf - Quartet No.6 in A
Vandal - Quartet in E at (1786)
Mozart - String Quartet in A K.464
Wine included in the ticket price and served from 6.45pm
Gardens open from 5pm for picnics
Generously supported by David & Mary Bowerman