You might expect to have to travel to Edinburgh, Glasgow or London to hear one of the world’s finest string quartets but luckily that is not necessary.
On Tuesday, October 4, the Italian string quartet, Quartetto di Cremona, will be appearing at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles, with the show starting at 7.30pm.
And it will be a special occasion in more ways than one because their concert marks the opening of the 70th season of Music in Peebles.
For this gala concert, the quartet has chosen to play masterworks by three of the greatest composers for string quartet from the Classical era.
Haydn is known as ‘the father of the string quartet’, and the concert opens with one of the last he wrote (no.66 in G) – full of joy and energy in spite of the composer’s failing health.
There follows one of a set of quartets that Mozart dedicated to Haydn, his K.464 in A, and being one of his finest works in the genre, it is a fitting homage to a composer he greatly admired.
The concert ends with one of Beethoven‘s greatest quartets, his Op.132 in A minor.
Quartetto di Cremona are in great demand world-wide and a glance at their recent schedule reveals concerts in Hungary, China, Switzerland, Italy, France and Germany.
The Herald declared them to be ‘just about the top of the heap’ and their recent Beethoven recordings were hailed by BBC Music Magazine as ‘revelatory’.
The concert is open to everyone, and tickets are on sale at the Eastgate Theatre (01721 725777), £14 for adults or only £7 if accompanying a child under 12. Entry is free for all school pupils. Membership of Music in Peebles will give you entry to this and six more concerts for only £70, saving £28.
To find out more about Music in Peebles and all the concerts in the 2016/17 season, you can pick up a leaflet from the Eastgate Theatre or other selected locations, or visit www.musicinpeebles.org.uk