Victoria String Quartet

Fri 19 July 2019

Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor, D703
Tchaikovsky Quartet No 2 in F major, Op 22

We are excited to welcome back one of the most popular ensembles at the 2018 Festival, for a series of three lunchtime concerts. The Victoria String Quartet unites four of the most experienced chamber musicians in the UK, who have performed together in different ensembles boasting an impressive pedigree, including The Chilingirian Quartet, The Sorrel Quartet and Psappha.

Violinist Benedict Holland writes: ‘The opportunity to play all three of these majestic Tchaikovsky string quartets in successive concerts has presented us with the pleasurable challenge of choosing three shorter works, contrasting and complementary, to programme alongside. With the sunny first quartet, we have paired Haydn’s Sunrise – in contrasting key but equally radiant of mood and spirit; the second and lesser-known, dramatic yet lyrical quartet appears alongside Schubert’s Quartettsatz, which although brief (at only 9 minutes) conveys similarly ambiguous mood. Finally, we offer the joyful, almost frivolous Italian Serenade by Wolf as a mischievous foil to the more brooding yet ultimately uplifting third quartet.’

SPECIAL OFFER – book all three Victoria String Quartet recitals at the same time and receive a 15% discount; TCHAIKOVSKY OFFER – book any Victoria String Quartet recital and a performance of Eugene Onegin and receive a 15% discount


Benedict Holland & Catherine Yates, violin

Susie Mészáros, viola

Victoria Simonsen, cello


Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Quartettsatz in C minor, D703

  1. Allegro assai
  2. Andante


Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-93): Quartet No 2 in F major, Op. 22

  1. Adagio – moderato assai
  2. Scherzo. Allegro giusto
  3. Andante ma non tanto
  4. Finale. Allegro con moto

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