Come and immerse yourself in the string quartets of Beethoven. To the 18th-century listener, the four-voice texture of the string quartet was closely associated with both the contrapuntal learned style and the art of conversation. He had always been fascinated by the minutiae of the instruments he wrote for, instructing himself in his Tagebuch to ‘share a meal with someone, where one can discuss this and that, instruments etc., violins, cellos...’. In this study series, we will look at works from all periods of the composer’s life, exploring his monumental contribution to the genre. The series is presented by composer, Julian Philips, with pianist, Laura Roberts, guest speakers and student performers from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.