Newsletter #74

Congratulations to everyone who braved the weather at our December concert and the temperature in The Meeting House. Even the players were wearing sweaters under their posh suits and performed around an electric heater.

The fourth concert of the season is being held in memory of Andrew Polmear, a true gentleman, who contributed so much to the success of Strings Attached. The concert will be given by Philip Higham, Principal Cello of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, on Sunday 22nd January at 11.00am at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA), University of Sussex.

Domenico Gabrielli (1651-1690)
Ricercari No 1 G minor, No 2 A minor, No 3 D Major (c. 1680)

J.S.Bach (1685-1750)
Cello Suite No.2  in D minor (c. 1730)

Joseph dall’Abaco (1710-1805)
Capricci Nos 2, 4 (1770s)

Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
Les mots sont allés… The words are gone (1978)

Max Reger (1873-1916)
Suite No 3 in A minor Op 131c (1915)

Programme notes can be found at and can be printed off as a pdf file.

Tickets are available from the Brighton Dome Box Office (01273 709709) or online at (£18.50, concessions £16). Tickets for individual concerts are also available from ACCA on the day.

Tickets for those aged 8 to 25 are free under the Cavatina Scheme. These free tickets can be issued in advance by The Brighton Dome box office or on the day at the ACCA box office. 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.

19 February        Heath Quartet
19 March            Joanna MacGregor and Brighton Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble

The annual Strings Attached membership fee is £10 and is free for students. Members receive a membership card which gives access to free interval drinks – sherry or fruit juice.

Membership can be taken out or renewed by using the online form found at You can download this form and post it to the address on the form or attach it to an email to For Gift Aid purposes please complete one form for each person.

Payment by bank transfer is far more convenient for us than payment by cheque. Please use your surname as the reference.

This year’s AGM, the first in-person such meeting since 2019, will again be held at 9 Powis Square, Brighton BN1 3HH on Tuesday, 28 February at 11.30. Further information will be given in the February Newsletter.

The calendar at contains information about other chamber music events in the area. You might want to note the following in particular.

27th Jan        Nicholas Yonge Society, the Brompton String Quartet
12th Feb        Seaford Music Society, London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble
18th Feb        Haywards Heath Music Society, Mathilde Milwidsky (violin) & Annie Yim (piano)
19th Feb        St Andrew’s Church, Alfriston, The Maggini Quartet
23rd Feb        Chichester Chamber Concert, Armida Quartet

Lunchtime concerts continue at the Chapel Royal and Unitarian churches in Brighton as do early afternoon concerts at St Nicholas Church, Brighton.

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