11 April 2014
Ben is playing with the London Bridge Ensemble tomorrow evening (Sat 12th April) in Sevenoaks. Programme: Bridge Phantasy Piano Quartet, Mozart Piano Quartet in E flat and Brahms Piano Quintet.
The Ship Theatre, Walthamstow School Hall, Sevenoaks - 7.30pm
21 March 2014
Today (21st March) is the LAST DAY to get your Sacconi Festival Rover Ticket for the discounted price of £80 instead of £85, don't miss out!!
See you there!
11 March 2014
Here at Sacconi HQ we're feeling Spring in the air, the birds are singing, the sun is shining (behind the clouds) and we're in a great mood! We're feeling so buoyant in fact that we've decided to extend the Sacconi Festival Rover Ticket Early Bird Offer for another two weeks until the 21st March! (Well, actually we had an almighty printing disaster that's put us back two weeks. Details, details...) So, that means you've got another chance, if you haven't already, to get a Rover ticket for £80 instead of £85. Box Office: 01303 858500 www.quarterhouse.co.uk
29 July 2013
See the Sacconi Quartet in Bristol this week as they immerse themselves in the new Bristol Proms at the Bristol Old Vic. Associate Artists at the Bristol Old Vic, the Sacconi are performing concerts with celebrated musicians including singer Jon Boden and cellist Guy Johnston. They will also be taking part in a two-day digital 'hack', a unique technology-driven exploration of the chamber music world, the results of which will be explored on Friday at 1pm .
Inspired by the hugely popular promenade concerts staged in the 1840s - which drew people from all corners - The Bristol Old Vic this week launch their own twist for 2013, the Bristol Proms, in collaboration with Universal Music Arts and Entertainment and The Watershed.
12 June 2013
On Friday 14th June at 1pm, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast part of the concert given by the Sacconi and Danish Quartets at the Bath International Music Festival in May.
Tune in to BBC Radio 3 on Friday lunchtime to hear the Sacconi and Danish quartets play Strauss' Sextet from the opera Capriccio as well as the glorious Mendelssohn Octet. This was the first time these internationally celebrated groups had performed together; a very special collaboration. If you don't manage to catch the broadcast, it will be available to listen again - for more information, please visit the BBC Radio 3 website.
The concert was performed at the Bath Assembly Rooms on 29th May 2013. The full programme of the concert, as well as the Strauss and Mendelssohn, also included the Octet by Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen. For more details on the concert, please visit the Bath Festival's website.
10 April 2013
The Sacconi Quartet gave a fantastic and well-received concert for the Huddersfield Music Society on Monday 8th April at 7:30pm, broadcast live for BBC Radio 3 Live in Concert.
If you didn't manage to catch this moving performance on Monday evening, you can listen again for the next 5 days on the BBC Radio 3 website.
The Sacconis performed a rich and varied programme of Haydn, Britten and Mendelssohn in the beautiful St Paul's Hall, part of Huddersfield Univeristy:
Haydn: String Quartet in C, opus 20 no. 2
Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C, opus 36
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.1 in A minor, opus 13
12 February 2013
Did you see the Sacconi Quartet on BBC 2 on Saturday 9th February? The Quartet were filmed as part of Howard Goodall's The Story of Music, a six part series on the history and growth of music.
In this episode, entitled The Age of Elegance & Sensibility, composer Howard Goodall looks at the age of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Chopin. This was an era - from 1750 to 1850 - in which composers went from being the paid, liveried servants of princes and archbishops to working as freelancers, who, most of all, needed to appeal to a new, middle-class audience. Or starve.
During the episode you can see the Sacconis playing a Beethoven's incredible and harrowing late work - String Quartet No.14, opus 131 (00:47:20) as well as a slightly more unusual arrangement of the song 'Rocking All Over The World' arranged for soprano and string quartet (00:09:30)!