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CANCELLED: Doric Quartet

Sunday 14 Jun 2020 3pm

In the light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, it is with enormous sadness that we have to cancel the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival.

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We look forward to welcoming you back to Snape again soon.



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We welcome back the Doric Quartet for two concerts centred on Beethoven’s late Quartet Op.132.

Tomorrow it is interspersed with the poetry of TS Eliot. Today we hear the remarkable five-movement work uninterrupted, its radiant, almost static middle movement entitled ‘Holy song of thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity’. Mozart even closer to the end of his life when he wrote his quartet. By contrast Britten’s short Divertimenti were written in his early twenties.

Britten Three Divertimenti 12’
Mozart Quartet in B-flat K589 24’
Beethoven Quartet No.15 Op.132 44′

"Spellbinding"

The Observer on the Doric Quartet at Britten Weekend 2018