7 July 2018
This Summer Bank Holiday, most of the Sacconis (Hannah, Robin and Cara - Ben is off on a well-deserved holiday) will be taking part in the Vaughan Williams Festival in Down Ampney between 24th and 27th August 2018.
They will be part of the Vaughan Williams Ensemble, performing alongside other well-known musicians for this special occasion. Hannah, Robin and Cara will, between them, be performing in three of the concerts; on Sunday 26th August at Noon, again the same day at 7pm, and finally on the Bank Holiday Monday at 2:30pm.
Full details of the Festival can be found at the Vaughan Williams Festival website. Do come if you are missing the Sacconis over the Summer!
15 May 2018
This Summer, both Cara and Hannah will be performing outside of the Quartet in a pair of prestigious music festivals around the UK.
First up, Hannah will be playing in the Marylebone Music Festival on Friday 22nd June, alongside the likes of Alasdair Beatson and Daniel Rowland. The evening will feature 'Chamber Music filled with musical Cryptography' with pieces from Brahms, Schumann, Britten and Shostakovich. Full details, including ticket information, can be found here.
The next day, on Saturday 23rd June, Cara will be performing with her string trio at the St Magnus International Festival set in the magical ancient landscape of the Orkney Islands. She will be playing with them as part of a new project playing Bach's Goldberg variations. She recently had a residency discovering this work and the Trio has also commissioned five different composers to write short pieces of Scottish traditional and contemporary classical music to go alongside it. Full details including ticket information can be found here.
Two days later, on Monday, she has another concert at the Festival, performing Franck’s late Quintet, a dark and impassioned work whose first pianist was Saint-Saëns. Full details here.
20 April 2018
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20 March 2018
Not only is Hannah playing another concert at Wigmore Hall with the Sacconis, but she is also playing there with another of her many and varied music collaborations. She is there for two concerts on Sunday 8th April with the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, led by Hugo Ticciati. O/Modernt, Swedish for 'Un/Modern', is the concept devised by violinist and director Hugo Ticciati which explores with expressive freedom the vital connections between all musics, leaving the final and most important ingredient in the creative fantasy of the listener. The first concert, at 3pm, is titled 'Transforming Spanish Sexuality: The Chaconne', and is followed at 7:30pm by the second, which is with with The Cardinall's Musick. Do come along and make a day of it!
The two concerts coincide with the launch of 'White Light', which is the debut album for the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra. Full details, and a trailer video featuring Hannah, can be found here.
16 March 2018
Cara is delighted to be playing again in the 2018 New Paths Festival, in Beverley. She is a veteran New Paths artist, having played in all of their festivals since inception, Cara and her fellow cellist, Torun Stavseng, are the backbone of the Festival's string section, playing in too many concerts to list here.
A few highlights of Cara’s appearance in the festival will be:
1: Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat with Libby Burgess (piano) and Eva Throrarinsdottir (violin) in Footsteps Through the Snow;
2: String Sextet No. 1 in B flat by Brahms in the gallery concert, At Sixes and Sevens; and
3: Beethoven’s Twelve Variations on ‘See, the conquering hero comes’ in Songs of Praise.
Full details can be found at the New Paths website.
11 March 2018
She enthuses about Fitkin's economy of means, and comparing music for strings to that of Philip Glass, and also compliments our playing, noting that we are "...clearly at home with Fitkin’s lush textures...", as well as the overall quality of the disc "...recorded sound here, as throughout the disc, is impeccably crisp, clear and inviting."
She concludes her review by noting that "Fitkin’s affinity for strings is clear in this most transparent of writing, and the Sacconi Quartet draws out its wealth of beauty."
Thank you Catherine and The Strad!
25 January 2018
The box office for the 11th Sacconi Festival in Folkestone, 18th – 20th May 2018, is now open!
This year, the brilliant London Bridge Trio join the Sacconis in Schoenberg’s ‘Verklärte Nacht’, South African cellist Abel Selacoe and his band Chesaba bring the sounds of his home nation to the Quarterhouse with an eclectic mix of instruments and vocals, pianist Daniel Tong joins the Sacconis for Brahms Piano Quintet, and we feature composer Graham Fitkin in our extended Friday concert. Plus, eminent cellist Moray Welsh will help round off the Festival with Schubert’s String Quintet in C major. Other repertoire includes Haydn, Beethoven and Shostakovich.
Here’s a video snapshot of our 2017 Festival!
8 December 2017
In January, Ben will be joining other eminent musicians at the Wye Valley Music Festival, which runs from Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st January. The Festival was established back in 2000 to bring world-class chamber music to beautiful and intimate venues up and down the Wye Valley. It has attracted world-class musicians from the outset and is now an important year-round cultural presence in the Wye Valley.
Ben will be playing on the Saturday 20th (Beethoven String Quartet in F minor, op. 95 and Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, op. 49). Full details can be found at the Wye Valley Chamber Music website.
27 November 2017
We will be appearing on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' this coming Thursday (30th November), at 5pm. We will be talking to Katie Derham about our new Fitkin CD, as well as talking about our upcoming CD Launch Concert at Kings Place on 7th December. The CD itself is now available for pre-order - full details can be found here. We hope you will tune in, and also come along on the 7th!
9 November 2017
We've been busy in the recording studio over the past year, and after the summer release of our Jonathan Dove CD with Mark Padmore and Charles Owen we have two new CDs coming out over the next few weeks, featuring works from Graham Fitkin and John McCabe.
Our Fitkin CD is now available for pre-order here . Featuring premiere recordings of five of the composer’s works for string quartet, this is a complete survey of his quartet writing so far. Composed between 1992 and 2007, this disc includes String, premiered by the Sacconi Quartet in 2007, and also features his quartets Servant, Pawn and Inside.
This month also sees the release of our John McCabe CD, featuring his Piano Quintet Woman by the Sea with the composer at the piano. His Horn Quintet is performed with leading horn player David Pyatt, and for his haunting Silver Nocturnes we are joined by renowned baritone Roderick Williams. It is available here.
And do join us at Kings Place in December to celebrate the launch of our Fitkin CD. Together with Graham Fitkin himself, we present an evening of the composer’s music, alongside pieces by Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt. This is a rare chance to hear Fitkin at the piano and to immerse yourself in his stunning body of work for string quartet.
Programme and ticket details can be found at the Kings Place website.
29 September 2017
Earlier this summer, we had the great privilege of performing a series of concerts for BBC Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. We performed in three concerts in total, all of which were recorded for later broadcast. We are therefore delighted to announce that all three will be broadcast on R3 next week, starting at 1pm on Wednesday 4th October, with the second and third being broadcast at the same time on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th. As usual, they will all be available on BBC iPlayer for 28 days after they are broadcast.
22 August 2017
We are thrilled to announce that our new Jonathan Dove CD is Recording of the Month in Gramophone magazine:
Seldom does a mixed vocal and chamber programme such as this hang together so perfectly... This important release cannot be recommended too highly.
The Guardian also gave it high praise:
Intense and light-filled… clear, focused playing from the Sacconi Quartet.
To buy the CD, please follow the link here.
3 July 2017
This coming weekend (8th and 9th July) we'll be in Hull University's stunning Middleton Hall, where we will perform three concerts exploring key themes of Hull’s past – from the work of William Wilberforce to the effects of the Blitz. We will be joined by the pianist Anna Tilbrook and tenor James Gilchrist, with the whole series of concerts being presented by Petroc Trelawny and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 later in the year.
Alan Davey, Controller BBC Radio 3, says of the weekend: “Chamber music is special: it arguably engages the mind and the heart more than any other music. It is an important part of what Radio 3 does and what makes it so distinctive. We are delighted to be bringing some of the finest chamber music and musicians to Hull as part of UK City of Culture 2017, and we really hope audiences both in Hull and listening on Radio 3 are enriched by these imaginatively curated programmes.”
17 May 2017
Those of you who can’t make it down to Folkestone for our 10th Festival, will still have the chance to hear and see some of the Festival as we will be LIVE STREAMING the Friday night concert! All you have to do is click on this link: Sacconi Live.
The concert starts at 7pm on Friday 19th May, and we will be broadcasting the Haydn op.76 no.5, Glass 2nd String Quartet and Schubert Death and the Maiden live. Please note, this is a brand new thing that we’re trying and a bit of an experiment, but fingers crossed no gremlins spoil the party!
12 May 2017
We popped into Radio 3 yesterday to appear on BBC R3's 'In Tune' programme, hosted by Suzy Klein. We had a great time playing live and chatting to Suzy about our 10th Festival, which is now only one week away, and our forthcoming Dove disc on Signum Records, which will be released on 16th June. The whole programme, including our live pieces is available on BBC iPlayer until 10th June.
19 April 2017
This June, Hannah and other musicians, including Meghan Cassidy and Rick Wakeman, will be taking part in the Marylebone music Festival, which has revived the music and spirit of the Marylebone Pleasure Gardens, which closed in 1776. This year's Festival, 240 years in the making, and now in its second edition in the 21st century, takes place at the end of June.
Audiences will be serenaded by the Queen’s Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in Manchester Square and treated to a Gala at the Opera at the Landmark Hotel with the Orion Orchestra and singers from English National Opera and the Royal Opera house in the presence of HRH Princess Michael of Kent.
Hannah will be playing in 'Secrets & Seduction' Chamber Music Concert at the Wallace Collection, where performances would once have taken place before the Wigmore Hall was built, on 24th June with, amongst others, Tom Poster and Meghan Cassidy, one of the Festival Directors.
All proceeds from the MMF festival go to The West London Day Centre. Full details and ticket information can be found here.
21 March 2017
This Easter, Cara will be joining the pianist and musical Director Libby Burgess at the New Paths Music Festival, held in the beautiful Yorkshire town of Beverley. She will be joined there by other well-known chamber musicians and singers, including the violinist Jamie Campbell and harpsichordist Christopher Bucknall, Cara's husband! The event is spread across four days, from Thursday 20th April to Sunday 23rd, with concerts taking place in venues across Beverley, including in its exquisite 13th-century Minster.
10 March 2017
On Tuesday 28th March, Hannah will be putting on a charity benefit concert for the Refugee Council in Forest Hill, London. The programme will include works by Pärt, Schoenberg and Elgar. The concert will be held in St Augustine's Church, Forest Hill, tickets £10, with all proceeds going to the Refugee Council.
Please come if you can!
21 February 2017
19 - 21 May, Folkestone
To purchase your tickets and Rovers for the Sacconi Festival 2017 you can book over the phone on 01303 760750 or online through the Quarterhouse website (Rovers can only be booked over the phone or in person at the Quarterhouse). Go to the Festival page for programme and venue details.
17 January 2017
Save the date - Friday 19 - Sunday 21 May, at St Eanswythe’s Church, Folkestone.
Our guests include the Wihan Quartet, Alasdair Beatson (piano) and Lavinia Meijer (harpist) with performances including the Mendelssohn and Enescu Octets, Schubert's Trout Quintet and Death and the Maiden, Beethoven's Archduke Trio and the Friends’ choice: Dvorak's Piano Quintet No.2, in A major.
Details will be put up on our Festival page soon, so watch this space!