Newsletter #66 – January 2022

The next concert will be held on 23 January at 11 am at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) at the University of Sussex. It will be given by the Maxwell String Quartet.

Haydn String Quartet in F major Op.77 No.2
Dvorak String Quartet in G major No.13 Op.106
Prokofiev String Quartet in B minor No.1 Op.50
Maxwell String Quartet

Yes, they are three quarters Scottish – Maxwell is the cellist’s clan – but that’s Elliott Perks with the viola and no kilt; he’s from Dorking.
They played for us in December 2019 in those innocent days before the pandemic when only Wuhan knew there was a problem. Our reviewers had a lot to compliment them on, summarised in the verdict that they were “stunning”.

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 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 aren’t sure if you have joined for this season contact and we will check for you.
If you haven’t yet renewed your membership it’s not too late to do so.

Membership forms can be completed at .  For Gift Aid purposes please complete one form per person. Strings Attached is hugely grateful to Strings Attached member David Botibol for his work on the creation of this online form.
Payment can be made by cheque or by bank transfer. Please use bank transfer if you can; it’s 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.


This year it will again be a virtual meeting on

Friday 18 February at 11.30 am on Zoom

If you wish to take part contact Margaret Polmear on She will provide a link enabling you to join. Papers relating to the meeting will be available shortly on . They will be:



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:

  • 18 January  Brighton Chapel Royal at 1.10pm: the Tailleferre Ensemble.
  • 27 January Chichester Chamber Concerts: the Van Baerle Trio plays piano trios by Haydn, Schubert and Theo Verbey
  • 28 January The Nicholas Yonge Society Lewes: the Van Baerle Trio repeats its Chichester programme.
  • 6 February Seaford Music Society stages a concert in the Grand Hotel Eastbourne, at which the London Mozart Players and Howard Shelley (piano) will play Mozart, Beethoven and Hummel.

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