Thursday 26 September 2019

The Endellion String Quartet announces its final season at the Wigmore Hall

The Endellion String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall
The Endellion String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall
Amazingly, the Endellion String Quartet (Andrew Watkinson & Ralph de Souza violins, Garfield Jackson viola, David Waterman cello) recently celebrated its 40th season. The quartet has announced that its 2019/20 season (its 41st) will be the final season that the quartet plays at the Wigmore Hall, a venue where the quartet has given over 100 concerts. For this final Wigmore Hall season, the quartet is giving three concerts all focusing on the ensemble's core repertoire.

The Endellion String Quartet - Wigmore Hall final season, 2019-2020On Tuesday 29 October, 2019, the programme is Haydn's String Quartet in E flat Op.64 No.6, Smetana's String Quartet No.1 in E minor (‘From My Life’) which ends with his poignant evocation of his deafness, and Beethoven's String Quartet in B flat Op.130 with its original with Große Fuge finale.

On Wednesday 12 February 2020, the programme is Beethoven's String Quartet in B flat Op.18 No.6, Bartok's String Quartet No.6 Sz.114, his last quartet and on of the first pieces in the Endellion's repertoire, and Mendelssohn's String Quartet in E minor Op.44 No.2.

Then on Thursday 16 July 2020, the quartet brings an era to a close with three composers at the core of its repertoire, Haydn's String Quartet in A major Op.20 No.6, Bartok's String Quartet No.3, and Beethoven's String Quartet in E-flat Op.127, the first of his great late quartets.

The quartet was founded in January 1979, and three of those original players are still members with Ralph de Souza joining in 1986, thus giving the ensemble a remarkable consistency of personnel with the present line-up playing together for 33 years.

Full details from the Endellion String Quartet's website.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much, Robert, for flagging this last season up: much appreciated! Very best, Sarah


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