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Britten Quartet No. 3

Saturday 20 Oct 2018 9pm

Part of Britten Weekend: The String Quartets

Words and music

Doric Quartet

Robin Brooks director
Andrew Wincott
as John Marcher
Kelly Burke as May Bartram 

Britten String Quartet No.3 28′ (performed twice)

Britten’s last quartet was completed in the final year of his life. It is a profoundly moving farewell but one as full of vigour and tenderness as anything he wrote. The Doric Quartet immerses us in this late masterpiece, performing it twice in the venue where it was premiered. The audience surrounds them on the darkened stage of Snape Maltings. The music first envelops an original short story by Henry James, so often an inspiration for the composer.

The story – one that confronts mortality, love, secrets and regret – is adapted by playwright Robin Brooks to produce a short drama for two actors. After an interval, the work is played again without words – the experience of the earlier presentation complementing and deepening our appreciation of this remarkable music.

Please note that both the performance and the audience will be on the concert hall stage.