Romanian group returns with thrilling repertoire

The Arcadia String Quartet from Romania will make their much-anticipated return visit to Kelso Old Parish Church on Friday October 16.

Winners of the 2014 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, the 2012 Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition, the 2011 Almere International Chamber Music Competition in 2011 and the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg in 2009, the Arcadia Quartet 
are rapidly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting string quartets of their generation.

The 14/15 season includes a 12 concert tour of Japan and concert halls and festivals throughout Europe.

When the quartet last visited back in 2013, they left a lasting impression, as Kelso Music Society’s Peter Podmore comments:

“Whether it was the magnificent acoustic of the church or simply their remarkable performance, on the last visit they made in 2013, we felt quartet playing had risen to new heights for the music 
society and we asked them 
to come back as soon as possible.

“Several other music societies in Scotland had the same experience on that tour and asked them back as well.

“The Quartet will be playing Haydn and a beautiful early Beethoven Opus 18 No.3 and in the second half Bartok’s Quartet No.4, one of the most difficult in his remarkable set of six, but also one of the most exciting.”

The Bartok piece in particular will be something to look forward to.

“Really well played, as this will be, it is a thrilling experience,” says Mr Podmore.

The concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (students £5, under 18s go free), and can be purchased via the society’s website, at

Tickets may also be available at the door, subject to availability.