One of the country’s leading string quartets will perform at the opening concert of Three Rivers Music Society’s 2018-19 season in Rickmansworth this month.
The Maggini Quartet, which has given several outstanding performances for the society over the past two years, will be playing music by Joseph Haydn, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Felix Mendelssohn.
The Haydn composition – String Quartet in A, Op. 20 No. 6 – was written at Prince Nikolaus Esterházy’s palace, known as ‘the Hungarian Versailles’. It dates from 1772 and displays ground-breaking compositional techniques that are still used today.
The Vaughan Williams chamber work – String Quartet No.1 in G minor – is one of only two string quartets that he wrote during his long career. Vaughan Williams composed this unjustly neglected work after studying with Ravel in 1908.
The concert’s brilliant final piece, Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 1 in E flat, was completed in 1829 when the then 20-year-old composer was making his first visit to London.
The Maggini Quartet was formed 30 years ago. It is known for championing British composers and its recordings have won several international awards.
The concert, on Friday, September 28, will be held at the Baptist Church, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH and will begin at 7.30pm (the quartet’s leader, Julian Leaper, will give a 20-minute talk from 7pm). Tickets: £16 non-members, reduced price for members, under-25s free.
Further information and online tickets at www.trms.elgar.org