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Classical group Dante Quartet to appear in Cambridge

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Founded in 1995, the Dante Quartet, one of the UK’s finest ensembles, will be performing at Stapleford Granary this Friday (May 20).

Dante Quartet
Dante Quartet

Consisting of violinists Zoë Beyers and Ian Watson, Carol Ella on viola and Richard Jenkinson on cello, the quartet has previously won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music, plus international awards for its recordings.

The foursome are frequently heard on BBC Radio 3 and their series of acclaimed recordings for Hyperion has been awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award and the French Diapaison d’Or.

The programme on Friday presents two masters of the string quartet, Beethoven and Simpson - 150 years apart. Robert Simpson’s highly individual music is influenced by Nielsen, Sibelius and Shostakovich, and his String Quartet no 8 will be performed at the concert.

Beethoven’s Quartet in C sharp minor, op 131 - an immensely personal and original work - will also feature. Its seven movements flow together without a break and reveal the composer at his most intimate and serene.

Dante Quartet will be at Stapleford Granary this Friday (May 20). The concert starts at 7.45pm. For more information and to book tickets, visit staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/events/dante-quartet.

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