World-famous quartet to perform at Wensleydale church

Fitzwilliam String Quartet.

The world-famous Fitzwilliam String Quartet will perform at St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth on Friday, June 23 at 7.30pm thanks to the Wensleydale Concert Series.

This is one of the longest established string quartets in the world having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019.

The quartet coming to Aysgarth includes one of its founding members Alan George (viola) together with violinists Lucy Russell and Andrew Roberts and cellist Nicholas Roberts (Heather Tuach, the regular cellist with the quartet, sadly cannot join them on this occasion for health reasons).

Their programme includes Praetorius/Brahms “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen”, Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 3 Op. 30, and Beethoven’s String Quartet  Op. 131. The concert is in memory of a local resident Michael Parr, and sponsored by his widow.

The series continues with five more concerts: on July 8th the pianist Ivana Gavric, who is known for being attracted to composers who create a distinctive musical voice for their homelands. She will include Janacek’s ‘On an Overgrown  Path’, works especially composed for her by Cheryl Frances-Hoad together with works by Grieg and Rachmaninoff.

On July 22nd the season continues with the piano trio Pixels Ensemble, a piano recital by Mark Bebbington on August 19, Moray Welsh (cello) and Martin Roscoe (piano) on September 2nd and finally Ben Goldscheider (horn) and Huw Watkins (piano) on September 16.

Tickets are £15 for adults, £1 for anyone in full time education.

There is a special offer until June 23 of a six concert season ticket for £60 (all six concerts for the price of four).

For further information see www.wensleydaleconcertseries.co.uk.