Ludlow Arts: Classical

Ludlow Arts: Classical

The Boscobel Quartet

Saturday 3 August 2019 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

Sophie Barber: violin
Iona Davies: violin
Kate Fawcett: viola
Kinga Gáborjáni: cello

Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op.20, No.2, Hob.III:32
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D.810, Death and the Maiden

Four friends with a shared passion for the golden age of the string quartet and a desire to bring it alive again for audiences today, the Boscobelles are all respected period instrumentalists with a collective wealth of international performing experience.  When an opportunity arose to draw this together in a chamber ensemble, they leapt at it.  Their historic name, borrowed from the oak tree in which King Charles II hid from the Roundheads in 1651, reflects the beautiful wood of their original instruments as well as playfully alluding to the Royal Oak venue of their London debut in October 2016, where they returned for a sell-out performance in November 2017.  Summer 2017 also saw them visit Llangollen, Worcester and Herefordshire, garnering repeat invitations to all.  2018 began with performances of Schubert's Death and the Maiden, enthusiastically received in Cambridge and London. Easter brought a special performance of Haydn's Seven Last Words in the round in Worcester Cathedral, interspersed with poetry. Their embracing of historically-informed music-making extends from the instruments and techniques they use to the performance setting itself, with a preference for intimate venues which offer the opportunity to recreate the salon atmosphere for which this music was originally conceived.

Unreserved seating
Free: retiring collection

The Boscobel Quartet