Friday 19 January, 2018, 7.30 pm in Cairns Church


Sini Simonen and Daniel Roberts, Violins
Charlotte Bonneton, Viola, Christopher Graves, Cello

String Quartet in C, Op 76 No 3, "Emperor"
String Quartet "Ainsi la Nuit" »
String Quartet No 3 in A, Op 41 No 3

Photo by Kaupo Klikkas

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The Castalian Quartet is already being talked about as truly exceptional. This young British ensemble have won major prizes in prestigious competitions in Lyon and in Banff, Canada, the only European quartet to make it to the final rounds there. Not surprisingly, their diary is filling up with invitations to festivals around Europe.

Haydn's great "Emperor" quartet and the stormy passions and lyrical yearnings of Schumann's 3rd Quartet frame French composer Henri Dutilleux's kaleidoscopic "Ainsi la Nuit" - a true 20th Century classic - to make a superb showcase for the Castalians' talents.

They seize motives like an orator who knows how to convince with both passion and persuasion . The Quartet makes the simplest things we hear into the most important things we could ever want to hear. There were times when I simply could not believe my ears. (Calgary Herald, Banff International Competition, Canada, 2016).