It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.
Please save the dates for next year’s Festival taking place 2 – 18 July 2021.
H Purcell Fantazia No. 10
J Haydn Quartet in D major Op. 76/5
F Schubert Quartet in G major D887
The Fitzwilliam Quartet recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Quartet has established an outstanding reputation across the world, gaining particular recognition for championing the works of Dmitri Shostakovich, who entrusted them with the world premières of his last three quartets. They are committed to commissioning new works and host their own Chamber Music Festival at Hay-on-Wye.
In the first half, the Quartet performs Purcell’s Fantazia No. 10 followed by a partner composition by the group’s first violinist, Marcus Barcham Stevens. The second half of the concert is dedicated to what is arguably Schubert’s finest quartet.