Newsletter #64

The first concert of the 2021/22 season was given on 24 October by the stunning Adelphi Quartet. The audience was 115 strong, which is about half our pre-Covid attendance; not bad considering the various constraints people are functioning under. Michael Wilkinson, a longstanding Strings Attached member, has posted an excellent review on our website . Michael will be reviewing our concerts regularly in place of Andrew Polmear, whose slowly increasing deafness makes him wary of imposing his views on others. Another regular attender, Richard Amey, has also contributed another of his inimitable reviews.

The next concert will be held on 14 November at 11 am at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) at the University of Sussex. This is Remembrance Sunday and we shall be respecting the two minutes silence at 11 am. Please arrive in time to take your seats by 10.55 to make this possible.

Joanna MacGregor (piano) and the Brighton Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble

Frank Martin   Trio on Popular Irish Folk Tunes
Shostakovich  Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67
             Piano Quintet No.2 in A major Op.81

Audience members are encouraged to wear masks or other face coverings throughout the event (unless exempt or when eating or drinking, of course) and to keep their distance from others not in their party.

We regret that we will not be serving sherry or fruit juice to members during the interval. It is just not compatible with masking and distancing.

Tickets are available from the Brighton Dome box office (01273 709709) or online at for £18.50 (concessions £16).  A half-season ticket for the three concerts in 2022 is £49.50 (concessions £42). Tickets for individual concerts are available from ACCA on the day.

Tickets for those aged 8 to 25 are free under the Cavatina Scheme. These free tickets can only be booked by visiting one of the box offices in person. The Brighton Dome box office can issue them in advance; the ACCA box office will be open on the morning of the concert. Either the young person should be present at the time of booking, or the person booking must show proof of age, e.g. a passport. Under 14s must be accompanied to the concert by a paying adult.


If you have renewed your membership of Strings Attached for the period 1 August 2021 to 31 July 2022, or have just joined, and haven’t yet collected your membership card, you will be able to do so from the Members’ Desk in the foyer on the morning of the concert.

If you haven’t yet renewed your membership now is the time to do so. No subscription was required for the 2020/21 season, although many members chose to renew voluntarily and some made generous donations. And indeed, although there was no formal concert season, work continued behind the scenes and we were able to offer three live-streamed concerts.

Membership forms can be downloaded from . They can be returned by post to the address on the form or by attaching them to an email to . For Gift Aid purposes please complete one form per person.
Payment can be made by cheque or by bank transfer. Please use bank transfer if you can. It is much more convenient for us. Use your surname as the reference. If paying by cheque there may be a delay before the cheque is paid in.

We very much hope you will choose to renew your membership and support our work – and that you will encourage like-minded people to join us as well.


We need to engage with younger generations through Social Media but we need help. If you are able to assist us with this please make yourself known to a committee member at the Members’ Desk or email


These are listed on our website. Choose and click on Calendar.
Especially interesting in the next few weeks are:

12 Nov   Music and Wine at St Luke’s: the Aurora Trio, comprising flute, violin and harp. They will play the Elegiac Trio by Sir Arnold Bax, the trio by Malcolm Lipkin, and 9 works by current members of New Music Brighton. Details here .

26 Nov   Nicholas Yonge Society, Lewes:  the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio plays Schumann, Aretsky and Tchaikovsky. Details here .

26 Nov   Music and Wine at St Luke’s:  Miriam Teppich (violin) and Julian Broughton (piano) will play works by Schumann, Wagner and Beethoven, amongst others.

27 Nov   St Anne’s, Lewes:  a Tea Concert given by the Primrose Piano Quartet playing Purcell, Saint-Saens, Fauré and Ed Hughes. Details here .

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