The 2020 Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year competition was of a particularly high standard, and we have invited two of the competitors to...Full event information
The Barbican Quartet, praised for their “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” (The Times) and “blazing and unusually forthright performance” (Telegraph), are four players from four countries based in London. Among several awards, their most recent triumph was first prize in the 2019 Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition.
They will open their concert with the fourth of Haydn’s so-called Prussian Quartets, a set generally regarded as the first of his mature string quartets. This will be followed by the second of Bela Bartok’s six quartets. Written under difficult conditions during the First World War, this quartet owes much to Bartok’s study of folk music. The concert will finish with one of Beethoven’s magnificent late quartets. Op 132 is in five movements of very different lengths, the central one described by the composer as a “holy song of thanksgiving” after a period of serious illness. Programme:
More information about the Barbican Quartet here.