Alnwick Music Society’s 2014-15 season starts with the world-famous Chilingirian Quartet on Tuesday.
Founded in 1971, when a group of prize-winning string players made the decision to dedicate
their musical careers to chamber music, the Quartet features Levon Chilingirian (violin), Ronald Birks (violin), Susie Meszaros (viola) and Stephen Orton (cello).
They have gone on to become one of the two most celebrated and widely-travelled quartets of the last 40 years, enchanting audiences with thrilling interpretations of the classical oeuvre.
The Quartet immediately gained success and fame with performances for BBC and World Service Radio, the festivals at Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Bath, as well as concerts in the capital cities of Europe.
In 1988 they were invited to become the first ever Quartet in Residence at the Royal College of Music in London where they have taught and influenced many of the young emerging quartets of the last 20 years.
They have an extensive discography of the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Dvorak, Bartok, Tippett and Tavener.
When the critics have written about the Chilingirian Quartet the words they have most often used are ‘balanced, passionate, warm, subtle and dynamic.’
The concert, in the Guest Hall at Alnwick Castle on Tuesday, September 23, begins with Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 followed by Haydn’s String Quartet in B flat major Op. 55 No.3. After the interval they turn to Beethoven and will play the Razumovsky String Quartet in E minor Op.59/2.
It starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £16 for non-members, £15 conc and full-time students are free. Membership to the society costs £75. Tickets can be bought at the Alnwick Playhouse box office.