Newsletter #18     February 2017

Welcome to our eighteenth newsletter – designed to keep you informed about our activities, as well as other local chamber music events.


The concert on 29 January by Sean Shibe was an eye-opener for many of us who thought that a solo guitar concert might be limited in expressive range and depth.  For reviews of the concert see  and find them under ‘Latest Posts’.

The next concert is on Sunday 26 February at 11.00 am in the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA). It will be given by the Castalian Quartet. They played at the launch of our 2012/13 series and we were astonished not just by their technical virtuosity but also by their emotional maturity. “Passion” and “delicacy” were two words that recur in the reviews. Since then they have won top prizes at major international competitions.
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The programme:

  • Haydn Quartet in B flat Op. 76 No. 4 The Sunrise
  • Thomas Adès  The Four Quarters
  • Beethoven Quartet in F, Op 59 No.1 Razumovsky No.1

Enormously informative programme notes by Chris Darwin can be found on .
Members have asked for contemporary music to be included in our programmes and, written in 2010, it’s hard to get more contemporary than Adès’ The Four Quarters, or more thrilling. There’s no need to do any work on it in preparation. It’s not a ‘difficult’ work. In fact it hits you right between the eyes, it’s so accessible. But if you do want to hear it before Sunday there’s a great performance on Youtube by the Doric Quartet.


The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA), formerly the Gardner Centre, is at the University of Sussex at Falmer. Parking is free. There are excellent public transport links:

  • by train from Brighton or Lewes, or
  • by bus: No. 25 from Hove and Brighton; or Nos. 28 and 29 from Brighton or, coming the other way, from Tunbridge Wells via Uckfield and Lewes.

To find the Attenborough Centre once you reach the University consult the map on (click on “Visit us”). The nearest parking is at the Sports Centre.

Disabled Access: Do not be put off by the barrier to ACCA. Drive up to it, press the buzzer, and explain to the staff member that you need to drive up to the main entrance with a passenger who is unable to walk there. Occasionally it might be possible for a disabled driver to park immediately outside the Centre. You can ask the staff member about this but, because emergency vehicles must have access to the turning circle, it might not be possible.

Tickets prices for the coffee concerts are £18.50 (concessions £16).
Tickets for all concerts are available from the Brighton Dome Box Office on 01273 709709 or  and from the Attenborough Centre on 01273 678822 or .

Tickets for those aged 8 – 25 are free as part of the Cavatina Scheme. They can only be booked by visiting or phoning either box office. The ACCA box office will be open on the morning of the concert. The young person need not be present at the time of booking. Under 14s must be accompanied by a paying adult.


If you haven’t already done so, put the following dates in your diary:

Sunday 29 October 2017        Sunday 26 November 2017
Sunday 17 December 2017    Sunday 28 January 2018
Sunday 25 February 2018      Sunday 25 March 2018

All will be at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA).We await details of performers and programmes.


This is a reminder that Strings Attached now has a Facebook page (@Stringsattachedchambermusic). You can also reach it using the button at the bottom of this newsletter or on the Strings Attached website. There’s lots of interesting stuff there, including a sketch of how the new Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre will look from the outside. We plan to keep the page up to date with news which is likely to be of interest to Strings Attached members who are Facebook users.


If you haven’t renewed your membership for 2016/17, you can do so by downloading a membership form from . Alternatively, you can renew at the next concert.

If you have renewed but haven’t received a membership card (needed for the free interval drinks) either email Christine Moon on or collect one from the membership desk at the next concert.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you have renewed, email .


The next concert run by the Nicholas Yonge Society in Lewes is on 24 February, featuring the Vanbrugh Quartet playing works by Shostakovich, Borodin, Sean Doherty, Henning Kraggerud, and Beethoven. Tickets are available on or on the door. This is one of the last concerts the Vanbrugh will give and at 6.30 pm Christopher Marwood, the quartet’s cellist, his sister Caroline and Janet Lovegrove, will talk about the Marwood family and the history of the Vanbrugh as well as about the music that they are about to play. The talk is free to students of the University of the Third Age who have signed up for the course. For the rest of us it’s £1 a time.

Details of concerts at Brighton churches (St Nicholas’, St Luke’s, and the Chapel Royal) and those organised by music societies in Seaford and Steyning, and the Chichester Chamber Concerts can all be accessed via the Strings Attached chamber music calendar. Go to and choose ‘calendar’ from the top of the page.

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