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Sacconi Summer Newsletter

Festival 2019

August is upon us and it feels like we only just finished this year’s festival in Folkestone! Thank you to all of you that were able to come and support us this year. We were so privileged to be joined by RCM players who played Bartok & Mozart’s Divertimenti with such amazing vigour and dedication to the music. And Robin’s poignant evocation of John Woolrich’s ‘Ulysses Awakes’ was a highlight for many. 

There are links to Live-streaming in case you missed any of the festival or would like to re-visit!

Next year’s Festival dates are: 15-17 May 2020, put them in your diary now!

Beethoven in the Dark


Since then, we’ve been reviving our Beethoven in the Dark project that we developed a few years ago. Beethoven’s epic masterpiece op. 131 is performed by us essentially in the dark, with a lighting technician enhancing sections of the music with various lighting states. For this, we had to memorise the score, so there are no limitations on the amount of light.  There are moments in the music where one feels completely alone, and the absence of light really accentuates that feeling. And other moments of coming together are enhanced by subtle lighting changes, making both performer and listener feel this union perhaps more intensely.

Beethoven’s late masterpiece feels like an exploration of the human condition and the world we inhabit. It feels like the right piece to strip back and distill in this way. We are excited to be performing it in festivals in Mexico and Lebanon next year, and are hoping for more opportunities to play it closer to home in Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary year. Watch this space! 

Dublin


If anyone feels like a mini-break to Dublin, we’ll be playing a weekend of concerts in Monkstown Church on 7th & 8th September. The programme will include Mozart clarinet with John Finucane and Schumann Piano Quintet with Emma Abbate.

Northern concerts


The Autumn also brings us to the North of England for a mini-tour with concerts in Morpeth, Halifax, Bollington and Hoylake, 21-25 November. The programmes and details are on our website, but there’s a mixture of old & new repertoire including; Beethoven’s Op. 95 Serioso, Mendelssohn Op.12, Schubert’s Death & the Maiden & Helen Grime’s Quartet. We hope to see some familiar faces!

Venus Unwrapped


Kings Place is celebrating female composers with its ‘Venus Unwrapped’ festival. We have been invited to perform string quartets by leading British composers Helen Grime & Judith Bingham. We hope to see some of you there! (28th November, Kings Place, London - tickets can still be bought here)

2020


We return to the Wigmore Hall for a lunchtime concert in January to perform Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’ with Mark Padmore. 
(24th January, Wigmore Hall, London)

We’re very much looking forward to a tour of Russia with Peter Donohoe next February in which we’ll play Taneyev’s Piano Quintet amongst other works. 

Raffle


The results of our commissioning raffle are as follows;
  • First prize – house concert from the Sacconi Quartet – ticket no. 13
  • Second prize – limited edition print of Emily Patrick’s painting of the Quartet – ticket no. 18
  • Runners up – signed copy of our new Panufnik or Fitkin CD, once released – ticket nos. 2, 6, 21, 44, 46, 52, 57, 60, 64 and 68
Sorry to those of you who didn’t have success but thank you for contributing to two exciting musical ventures. Congratulations to those with winning numbers! 


We wish you all a very happy summer and hope to see you at upcoming concerts in the next season!

All the best, 

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