THE FIRST Bromsgrove Concerts event takes place at Artrix next Friday (January 15) when the renowned Tippett Quartet comes to the town.
The concert, which starts at 8pm, promises to be exciting and moving and the foursome is bringing a quartet by Robert Simpson – String Quartet No 14 (1990) – whose music Bromsgrove Concerts has been championing.
Mr Simpson was born in Leamington Spa in 1921 and was for many years a BBC music programme producer. He wrote 11 symphonies and fifteen string quartets and often said that if he was compelled to write only one kind of music he would choose the string quartet.
Other works include Haydn’s String Quartet in C Op 20 No 2 and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor Op 80.
The work by Haydn, the undoubted master of the string quartet, opens the programme and Mendelssohn’s highly charged and emotional last quartet, written in grief for the loss of his beloved sister Fanny, concludes it.
Bernard Hall-Mancey, Bromsgrove Concerts secretary, said: “The forces of a string quartet may be small compared with a symphony orchestra, but the range of expression and intensity of feeling is just as great.
“With the Tippett Quartet’s reputation for excellence and communicative spark we can look forward to an evening of live music of the highest quality.”
Tickets are £17 for a single and £3 for concessions (registered disabled, unemployed or full time student over 25).
There are also subscription and Rover tickets (four concerts £60) available.
Visit www.artrix.co.uk or call 01527 577330 for more information and tickets.
Young people under 25 admitted free to all concerts thanks to the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust.
Go to http://www.tippettquartet.co.uk/ for more on the Tippett Quartet.