New Welwyn Garden Concert Club season opens this weekend

PUBLISHED: 09:52 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:16 03 October 2014

The Skampa String Quartet will be appearing at the first Welwyn Garden Concert Club performance of the season at the Hawthorne Theatre in WGC [Picture by Ivan Pinkava]

The Skampa String Quartet will be appearing at the first Welwyn Garden Concert Club performance of the season at the Hawthorne Theatre in WGC [Picture by Ivan Pinkava]

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An acclaimed string quartet from the Czech Republic will entertain music lovers at the first Welwyn Garden Concert Club performance of the new season this weekend.

The Skampa String Quartet will be appearing at the first Welwyn Garden Concert Club performance of the season at the Hawthorne Theatre in WGC [Picture by Ivan Pinkava]The Skampa String Quartet will be appearing at the first Welwyn Garden Concert Club performance of the season at the Hawthorne Theatre in WGC [Picture by Ivan Pinkava]

The Škampa String Quartet will open the 2014-2015 programme at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday, October 4.

The Škampa Quartet is among the very finest of an outstanding group of current Czech string quartets that has represented the Eastern European country in major concert halls around the world for 25 years – and this will be the musicians’ first visit to WGC.

They will play a romantic programme of music by Beethoven, Brahms, and their fellow Czech composer Janacek.

Helen Shabetai, from the Concert Club, said: “We are anticipating an evening of electrifying music-making.”

In their Wigmore Hall debut in 1993, the quartet had such a tremendous rapport with the audience that they were appointed the first-ever quartet-in-residence at the venue, where they kept the role for five years.

They have won prizes at international competitions, awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and others, and had invitations to perform at major festivals worldwide, including Prague Spring, Schwetzingen, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein and Melbourne.

From the beginning they have established a close relationship with BBC Radio 3, resulting in regular broadcasts from Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, LSO St Luke’s and the Chamber Music Proms.

The Independent said of them: “The quartet’s dynamic approach was breathtaking…the beauty of their playing stems from deep musical intelligence.”

For their WGC performance the quartet’s programme will feature Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.18 No.6 in B flat, Janacek’s String Quartet No.1 and String Quartet Op.51 No.2 by Brahms.

Tickets for the concert cost £16, while students pay £5, but there is still time to buy a season ticket for all six concerts in the chamber music season for £69, which gives a considerable saving over the year.

The second concert in the new season will feature young pianist Richard Uttley on Saturday, November 8.

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