Czech quartet to start new season

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Nicholas Yonge Society’s new season starts on Friday, October 28 with a performance by the Pavel Haas String Quartet from Prague which includes the Dvorak ‘American’ String Quartet and Beethoven String Quartet in Bb, Opus 130.

They are followed on Friday, November 25 by the Zimro Trio, an exciting force on the chamber music scene, says Society spokesman Michael Marwood.

“Focussing on music for violin/viola, clarinet and piano, this electrifying trio boasts three of the UK’s premier chamber musicians Daniel Becker, piano; Neyire Ashworth, clarinet and Paul Barritt, violin/viola.Their programme includes Mozart, Stravinsky, Khachaturian and Bartók.

“One of the UK’s leading young string quartets, the Piatti Quartet starts the New Year on Friday, January 27 with quartets by Haydn, Debussy, Bartok and Smetana. The quartet is sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

“UK concerts have included performances at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Conway Hall and St Martin in the Fields.

“The internationally-renowned Schubert Ensemble returns on Friday, February 24 to play piano quintets by Shostakovich and Elgar and a modern work, Nightsongs by Anthony Powers. The Ensemble were recognised in 1998 by the Royal Philharmonic Society who presented them with the Best Chamber Ensemble Award for which they were shortlisted again in 2010.

“The season ends on Friday, March 23 with a special celebrity concert to be given by our President, the world-famous bass Sir John Tomlinson with the equally-famous pianist David Owen Norris. Their programme will include songs by Britten, Wolf and Shostakovich.”

Details of the concerts are on the website www.nyslewes.org.uk. Single tickets cost £14 from www.localboxoffice.com, at the door or in person from Lewes Travel. All the concerts take place at the Sussex Downs College in Lewes starting at 7.45pm.