Talented quartet to pay a visit

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THE Zelkova Quartet are to perform at a concert presented by Matlock Music at Highfields School in Matlock on Friday, February 24.

The quartet consists of Caroline Pether and Simran Singh (violins), Rhiannon James (viola) and Rachel Shakespeare (cello).

They founded the quartet at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2010 and have received coaching from distinguished members of the Talich and Chilingarian Quartets, among others.

Although young, individual members have a wealth of solo and chamber music experience, including performances at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Wigmore Hall, and St John’s, Smith Square. The quartet appears by kind permission of the RNCM.

Their programme will include string quartets by Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel, all written early in their careers.

Mozart composed his Divertimento, K.136, in Salzburg in 1772 at the age of 16. It has been described as “a masterpiece of masterpieces, on the smallest possible scale.”

Beethoven’s opus 18, no.1 was written in Vienna between 1798 and 1800. One of his first six quartets, it is also considered to be an early masterpiece.

Ravel composed his quartet in F in 1903, when he was 28. It is one of the most widely performed chamber music works in the repertoire.

The concert on Friday, February 24, is at the Wheeldon Hall, Highfields School, Lumsdale, off the Chesterfield Road, Matlock, starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available at the door before the concert at a cost of £10.

Under 18s, students and registered jobseekers pay half-price. All seats are unreserved. There is ample parking at the school. Further information is available from Anne Oldfield on 01629 733296 or from the Matlock Music website at www.matlockmusic.org.uk.