Newsletter #13     September 2016

Welcome to our thirteenth newsletter – a brief one to remind you of our 2016 launch concert, to announce a programme change for the December concert, and to urge those who have not yet renewed their membership to do so now!

The launch concert by the Doric String Quartet, generously sponsored by Strings Attached founder member Tina Gee, will take place on Tuesday, 20 September at 7.30 pm in the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. The programme is as follows:

HAYDN: Quartet in D Op 64/5 ‘The Lark’
BARTOK: Quartet No 4
SCHUBERT: Quartettsatz D703
DEBUSSY: String Quartet in G minor Op 10

Tickets cost £18.50 (concessions £16) or £15 if you have purchased a season ticket for the Sunday morning coffee concerts (see below).

The concert will be preceded by a reception for members only. 
We are hoping to see as many of you as possible there – the canapés will be especially nice, the elderflower cordial especially sparkling, the wine of the highest quality. But this does mean that, if you have not already renewed your membership, we ask you to do so by 16 September, so that we can complete the necessary paperwork and have as up-to-date a list of members as possible available on the 20th. We can cope with a few renewing on the evening but if everyone delays until then there won’t be much time for the reception.
Membership renewal forms can be downloaded from . For Gift Aid reasons, please complete one form per person. Paid-up members will receive a membership card which, to save postage, we plan to distribute initially at the September concert and which can be used to obtain a free glass of sherry or fruit juice during coffee concert intervals.

The Sunday morning coffee concerts resume in October, all starting at 11.00am. The October concert will be held in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall, while the remaining five concerts will be at The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (formerly the Gardner Centre) at the University of Sussex at Falmer. The move, as you will no doubt recall, is temporary, during the extensive refurbishment of the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. For more details of the planned developments see .

Dates and ensembles are as follows (the works to be played were included in the previous newsletter):

23 October (Brighton Dome Concert Hall)
Heath Quartet

20 November (Attenborough Centre)
Olivier Stankiewicz (oboe), Amy Harman (bassoon), Tom Poster (piano)

18 December 2016 (Attenborough Centre)
Trio Isimsiz
(Instead of the advertised Schumann Piano Trio No. 3 they will play the Beethoven Piano Trio Op 70 No. 1 ‘The Ghost’.)

29 Jan 2017 (Attenborough Centre)
Sean Shibe  (guitar)

26 Feb 2017 (Attenborough Centre)
Castalian Quartet

19 March 2017 (Attenborough Centre)
Trio Wanderer

Ticket prices for the coffee concerts have again been held at £18.50 (concessions £16). A season ticket for the whole season (six concerts) is £99 (concessions £84). A half-season ticket (either the three concerts in 2016 or the three in 2017) is  £49.50 (concessions £42).

Tickets for all concerts are available from the Brighton Dome Box Office (01273 709709) or  .Tickets for those aged 8 – 25 are free as part of the Cavatina scheme. They can only be booked in person or by telephone to the box office. The young person need not be present at the time of booking but a name, date of birth and email address will be required. The Cavatina scheme does not cover the guitar concert on 29 January.

The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) starts on 28 October and runs until 13 November. Details are available on . Tickets have been available to BREMF Friends from 22 August and will be available to the general public from 5 September.
The Nicholas Yonge Society, Lewes begins its season on 28 October with the Van Kuijk Quartet. For details of tickets see .

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