Fri 15 January 2016 at 8pm

Tippett Quartet

  • John Mills violin
  • Jeremy Isaac violin
  • Bozidar Vukotic cello
  • Lydia Lowndes-Northcott viola
  • Haydn: String Quartet in C Op 20 No 2
  • Robert Simpson: String Quartet No 14 (1990)
  • Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor Op 80
After successful performances of two Robert Simpson String Quartets in recent years, the 7th and 11th, we invited the Tippett Quartet back to perform another one. This time it is his penultimate quartet, the 14th, written shortly before a severe stroke stopped him composing for the last six years of his life.

Before it we have a Haydn quartet from his Op 20 set, with which he first achieved full mastery in the medium, and we end with Mendelssohn’s tragic last quartet, written in grief for the loss of his beloved sister Fanny and, as it turned out, shortly before his own death at only 38.

2015 - 2016 Season

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