Chamber music has always been at the heart of what we do here at Wigmore Hall. Over the coming years we will be reinforcing this through a renewed focus on the String Quartet, starting in the 2017/18 Season with Haydn, the ‘Father of the String Quartet’.
Renowned ensembles including the Kuss, Jerusalem and Hagen Quartets will be contributing, as well as the Doric, Heath and Schumann Quartets representing the younger generation, and emerging talent newer to our audience such as the Castalian String Quartet. Haydn’s string quartets from Op. 20 through to the late Op. 103 will be performed throughout the season, as well as several of the early quartets, Op. 1 among them.
We invite you to be a part of this much-anticipated series and deepen your knowledge and appreciation of the string quartet repertoire. Donations will be acknowledged in all Wigmore Series brochures and concert programmes in the season as well as on the donor listing in the foyer. We also invite the group to come together at the following concerts during the season.
Wednesday 8 November 2017
Before the Doric Quartet’s performance, an introductory talk on Haydn’s string quartets followed by a drinks reception.
Wednesday 30 May 2018
A talk and drinks reception before Quatuor Mosaïques’ performance, focusing on the influence and legacy of Haydn’s string quartets on the repertoire as a whole.
(speakers to be confirmed)