Celebrity Concert: Castalian Quartet with Hannah Shaw, viola

8pm, doors 7.30pm
Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm

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Saturday, 4 December 2021


Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, Op 76, No 2, "Fifths"
Janáček: String Quartet No 1 in E minor, "Kreutzer Sonata"
Brahms: String Quintet No 2 in G major, Op 111

In 2018 the Castalian String Quartet won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, and were chosen as the winners of the first Merito String Quartet Award and Valentin Erben Prize from the five best-qualified quartets considered. The following year, they were awarded the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Prize for the Young Artist of the Year (2019). In September 2021 they were named as the inaugural Hans Keller String Quartet in Residence at the Oxford University Faculty of Music, a position they will hold for the next three years.

The Castalian Quartet have travelled widely with their music, playing across America, Canada, Colombia, and as far as Israel and China as well as closer to home on the Continent. Highlights this season include debut invitations to Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Paris Philharmonie, Auditorium du Louvre, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lucerne Chamber Music Society, Brussels Flagey, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Saffron Hall, and the Aldeburgh, East Neuk, Spoleto, North Norfolk, Heidelberg Spring, Rheingau, Mosel, and Dresden festivals.

The concert will be preceded by a talk by Roy Stratford at 6.45pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection (£3 suggested).

How to get tickets

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Concert ticket £22

Members, children and students up to age 25 (on presentation of a valid student card): FREE

Tickets can be booked online via WeGotTickets (subject to 10% admin fee), or via the Membership Secretary.

OCMS is always grateful for help from generous sponsors. Please contact our Chairman (see Contact Us) if you or your business would like to join our 'host of angels' and provide support for this or another concert.

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I was completely taken aback by the sheer sweetness of the tone from the Castalian Quartet... .The sheer beauty of the playing... The Times (East Neuk Festival, July 2021)