• Ben and Cara play 'Quartet for the End of Time'

    23 April 2014

    Ben and Cara, along with Sarah Beaty (clarinet) and Alasdair Beatson (piano) will be performing Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time' on two separate occasions prior to the Sacconi Festival; at Southwold on 10th May (see the Southwold website)  and at Oxford on 18th May (see the Oxford Coffee Concerts website).

    The quartet, composed in a prisoner of war camp in Germany at the start of WW2, is one of the most haunting and powerful works ever written.

  • Ben plays concert with London Bridge Ensemble - Sat 12th May

    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

  • Last day to get Early Bird Rover Ticket!

    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!!

    23rd-25th May 2014 Folkestone • Box Office 01303 858500 •

    See you there!

  • Sacconi Festival Early Bird Offer extended!

    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

  • Sacconi at the Bristol Proms

    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.

  • Mendelssohn Octet on BBC Radio 3, Friday 14th June, 1pm

    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.

  • Listen again to the Sacconi Quartet on BBC Radio 3

    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

  • Sacconi Quartet on Howard Goodall's Story of Music

    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)!

10 out of a million reasons why you'll want to be joining us in Folkestone from 23-25 May 2014!

  1. Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time
  2. Pekka Kuusisto performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons
  3. Rocksalt Restaurant overlooking the harbour
  4. TWO World Premieres from Simon Rowland-Jones and Stephen Deazley
  5. The Permanent Folkestone Triennial Artworks
  6. Schubert's epic G major Quartet
  7. Our beautiful venue, the historic St Mary & St Eanswythe's Church
  8. Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen
  9. The Lower Leas Coastal Park and Lift

And finally...

  1. To meet, mingle and soak up the atmosphere with all our wonderful Friends and Patrons, audience members, guest artists and of course the Sacconi Quartet!

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Upcoming concerts

  • Kings Place, London

    Friday 2nd May 2014 at 7.30pm
  • Kings Place, London

    Friday 2nd May 2014 at 10.00pm
  • Kirker Music Holiday, Talbot Hotel, Oundle

    Monday 12th May 2014
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