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String Quartet Op 64 No. 5 in D major ‘The Lark’ Haydn
String Quartet No.1 in E flat, Op.12 Mendelssohn
The award-winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, and fresh, imaginative approach. Formed in 2001, its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. They are Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music.
2017 saw the release of three highly praised new CDs: In Damascus, their CD of music by Jonathan Dove including In Damascus, commissioned by the Quartet, and featuring Mark Padmore and Charles Owen; Graham Fitkin’s complete string quartets; and three of John McCabe’s quintets, with the composer on piano, horn player David Pyatt, and baritone Roderick Williams. In Damascus hit the Classical Top Ten, and was chosen as one of Gramophone Magazine’s 2018 Recordings of the Year. 2018-19 included a cruise to the Arctic circle, performing fifteen concerts with artists including Simon Rowland-Jones and Tim Horton; two Wigmore Hall concerts (the first with Daniel Hope and Freddy Kempf); a tour of the rarely heard John Ireland Sextet with Robert Plane and Alec Frank-Gemmill; and a new commission by Judith Bingham. 2018 saw the eleventh year of the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone, with Graham Fitkin as composer in residence and collaborations with the London Bridge Trio, Moray Welsh and African trio Chesaba.
The name Sacconi Quartet comes from the outstanding twentieth-century Italian luthier and restorer Simone Sacconi, whose book The Secrets of Stradivari is considered an indispensable reference for violin makers. Robin is indebted to Ellen Solomon for the use of his viola. Ben, Hannah & Cara have all been generously loaned their instruments by the Royal Society of Musicians, a charity which helps musicians in need, for which they are extremely grateful.