Newsletter #37 April 2019

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


The last concert, by the Aquinas Piano Trio, was warmly received, although our reviewer found the playing a little understated. See reviews on .

Coffee concerts will resume on 20 October at 11 am. The three in 2019 will be held at The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of Sussex at Falmer. The three in 2020 will be held in the refurbished Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. The full season is as follows:

20 October 2019        17 November 2019        8 December 2019
26 January 2020        23 February 2020          15 March 2020

Details of players and programmes will follow as soon as we have them.


As last year, we are not seeking members’ views through a questionnaire, because your views were becoming too predictable. However, if you would like to comment on the season, whether it’s about the musicians, concert arrangements, ticketing, or anything else related to Strings Attached, please email .


The summer is packed with chamber music festivals

Booking is already open for the Brighton Festival and the Brighton Fringe, both of which have plenty of chamber music.
The Lewes Chamber Music Festival will run from 6 – 8 June. Note that this is a Thursday to Saturday. The theme is ‘Fauré and Friends’ but that doesn’t stop them from opening with Mozart’s glorious string quintet in B flat and ending with Bartok’s string quartet No.6. It really is the most relaxed, friendly and exciting festival imaginable.
The Peasmarsh Festiva will run from 27 – 30 June, directed as ever by Anthony Marwood and Richard Lester.
The Lewes Festival of Song will run from 5 – 7 July. It’s marvellously wide ranging, from Dowland to Britten and includes Britten’s wonderful Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.
The South Downs Summer Music International Festival, based in Alfriston, will run from 23 – 28 July.
The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) starts on 25 October and runs till 10 November. A provisional programme is available on .

Finally, check the Strings Attached chamber music Calendarat for details of music societies and clubs in Seaford, Uckfield, Brighton & Hove, Lewes and Chichester. Some continue their programmes through the summer. For instance, the Seaford Music Society has the Consone Quartet playing Boccherini, Beethoven and Mendelssohn on 5 May at 3 pm, and the Uckfield Music Club has Ensemble Rèza playing piano trios by Schubert, Beethoven and Clara Schumann on 16 May.
The last newsletter mentioned the concert at St Luke’s Church Brighton on 12 April by the Athaeus Quartet. Sad to relate, the Quartet has disbanded for medical reasons but the concert will go ahead with an exciting young London-based Quartet, the Myriad, playing Beethoven Op. 18 No. 1 and Op. 59 No. 1. Thank you to the newsletter reader who spotted that change.
The Nicolas Yonge Society in Lewes restarts its new season on 25 October and the provisional programme should be available soon on .