Con Brio presents: Slán – The Vanburgh Quartet

Greg Ellis, Keith Pascoe – violins, Simon Aspell – viola, Christopher Marwood – cello, with William Butt – cello

Programme:

Deirdre McKay, mr shah gazes at the heavens
Henning Kraggerud, Preghiera
Zhou Long, Song of the Ch’in
Barber, Adagio
Peter Schickele, Barn Dance
Schubert, Quintet in C Major op. 163, D. 956

“For the last national tour by the current members of the Vanbrugh Quartet we have chosen to present the spiritual heart of the chamber music repertoire, the great Schubert cello quintet. Bill Butt has been a valued and inspiring colleague over the years and we are delighted that he will join us again. By way of contrast with the epic scope of the Schubert, the first half of the concert will consist of a series of popular miniatures from around the world, including pieces from China, Norway, Ireland and the USA..”

The first piece (mr shah) was commissioned by Con Brio a few years ago from Northern Irish composer Deirdre McKay and has been a success whenever it was played.

Farewell to a great string quartet. We will miss you!

Recital is followed by a Meet the Artist reception. All welcome.

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