• In Tune

    25 April 2022

    In Tune

    We will be appearing on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' on Monday 16th May from 5pm. We will be talking to Katie Derham about our Festival in Folkestone and our concert in Brighton. Do tune in if you can, or catch us on BBC Sounds afterwards.

  • Sacconis at Wigmore – 20th Birthday Concert

    8 November 2021

    Sacconis at Wigmore – 20th Birthday Concert

    A quick reminder that our 20th Birthday Concert is a little under 2 weeks’ away, on Saturday 20th November 7.30pm.  Please do come and support us if you can.  We’ll be premiering Jonathan Dove’s On the Streets and In the Sky, written especially for us, alongside Mozart’s E flat major K.428 quartet and Mendelssohn’s A minor op. 13.

    Tickets are now on sale here:
    Sacconis at Wigmore

  • Five Stars

    10 July 2021

    Five Stars

    Our latest CD, Heartfelt, has just picked up a five star review in this month's BBC Music Magazine. The full review can be found here.

  • Sacconis at Wigmore Hall

    6 June 2021

    Sacconis at Wigmore Hall

    We are delighted to be returning to the Wigmore Hall on Sunday 13th June 11:30am, to perform the amazing Taneyev Piano Quintet with the equally amazing Peter Donohoe.  You may remember that we toured Russia with Peter early last year, performing this piece to packed halls.  Last month we had the pleasure of performing the programme twice in Folkestone, and we are now thrilled to be bringing it to the Wigmore.

    We will also be joining Katie Derham on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' for an interview and live performance ahead of our concerts in London and Nottingham. We will be live on Friday 11th June, from 6pm, and the programme will be available on BBC iPlayer afterwards. Full details can be found here.
    Please do join us on the 13th.  Tickets are now on sale here, at the Wigmore Hall website.

  • Heartfelt

    24 May 2021

    Our new CD of Roxanna Panufnik’s chamber works (including our very own commission Heartfelt) has now been released.
    This is the culmination of two years of collaboration with Roxanna, first commissioning her to write us the work that became Heartfelt, and then working with a stellar cast of musicians to make this album.  All of the pieces are premiere recordings, exquisitely beautiful and exciting works, and you will not find them anywhere else.
    It will be available at our concerts, as CD and download from Signum and Amazon, and to stream on Spotify and the other streaming services.

  • Sacconi Quartet filmed performance - Jonathan Dove's 'Out of Time'

    2 February 2021

    Against the dramatic backdrop of a derelict Victorian theatre, the Sacconi Quartet perform a moving rendition of Jonathan Dove’s Out of Time. The film was produced by Joe Morgan at TMRW CO, and shot in the Leas Pavilion, Folkestone, a magnificent but forgotten and derelict 1902 theatre that sits atop the cliffs. This project was part of a successful campaign to save the building and restore it to its former glory. Before the campaign started, it was earmarked for development into a health club to service new apartments. The campaign has resulted in the building receiving Heritage status (Grade II Listed) and requires the developers to restore and renovate the venue as a community arts space.

    You can buy and stream the full performance from Amazon Prime Video soon! All profits from sales will go to Hands Up Foundation, funding health and education programmes in Syria and Lebanon, a cause close to the quartet’s heart, following their commission of ‘In Damascus’ from Jonathan Dove in 2016.

    This project was made possible with the help of Sounds Folkestone, a collective portal for all classical music activity in the town, established in September 2020.



  • POST-PONED Live-Streamed Concert

    30 October 2020

    POST-PONED Live-Streamed Concert


    We are delighted to announce that the Sacconis have an upcoming concert which will be streamed live from St Eanswythe's Church in Folkestone, on Sunday 8th November.

    HAYDN - Quartet in D, Op. 76, No. 5
    SHOSTAKOVICH - Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
    MENDELSSOHN - Quartet in A minor Op. 13
    (Ciaran McCabe will be standing in for Hannah Dawson currently on maternity leave)  

    To buy tickets for the stream (£12) simply click on the link below and that will take you to an Eventbrite page where you can buy tickets. The link to the concert will be emailed to you on 8th November at 12pm along with a link to a PDF programme. The concert will be available to view for 4 weeks from the date of the concert.

    Please do not share the concert link with anyone as this takes revenue away from the concert promoter and ultimately the musicians. 

    Only one ticket purchase is required to be sent the concert link, but the profits from every extra ticket bought will go to the musicians, so do please consider buying a ticket per person. 

    Buy Tickets for Streamed Concert 

  • Sacconi at Wigmore Hall

    25 September 2020

    Livestream from Wigmore Hall September 2020

    Streamed live, in front of a live audience.

    The recording of our live stream from Wigmore Hall can now be found on YouTube. Thank you to all those who were able to watch us on the night. It was great to be back.

  • Sacconi Quartet returns to Wigmore Hall

    19 September 2020

    Sacconi Quartet returns to Wigmore Hall
    Sacconi Quartet returns to Wigmore Hall this Wednesday 7.30pm
    Sold out, but free to view online, live and catchup for 30 days*

    We are delighted to be returning to the concert platform in style at London’s Wigmore Hall this Wednesday evening, performing music from two of today’s very best string quartet composers – Jonathan Dove and Roxanna Panufnik – alongside two all-time classics by Haydn and Shostakovich.

    Commissioned by the Sacconi Quartet this year, and inspired by our Heartfelt project in which audience members held beating robotic representations of our hearts in their hands, Roxanna Panufnik’s piece Heartfelt draws inspiration from Uzbek processional music and the heartbeat of a real-life brown bear named Albie at Bristol Zoo.  This will be its world premiere performance to a live audience.

    Jonathan Dove’s pulsating and evocative Out of Time has been championed by the Sacconi Quartet, our CD recording being nominated as Gramophone’s Album of the Year 2017.  We gave its Russian premiere earlier this year, and were due to give the Italian premiere in June.

    Haydn’s Quartet in D is the first piece we performed as a newly founded quartet, back in 2001.  It has always held a special place in our hearts, and seemed the obvious choice for our first concert to a live audience in six months.  Shostakovich’s Eighth Quartet, composed in just three days in 1960 shortly after reluctantly joining the Communist Party, and written as his epitaph before possible suicide (according to friend Lev Lebedinsky), concludes the concert.

    [* you will need an account to watch the Livestream, but this is free, quick to set up, and comes with no obligation]

  • Bitesize Proms

    14 August 2020

    We are delighted to have Bitesize Proms including our world premiere of Heartfelt, our new commission from Roxanna Panufnik, as part of their programme of streamed live performances.

    Bitesize Proms is 8 weeks of mini-Proms, commencing 17th July, unlocking and celebrating classical music, and raising money for Help Musicians UK.

  • Sacconi World Premiere

    7 July 2020

    Monday 20th July 7.30pm
    Live on YouTube – click here
    Roxanna Panufnik and Sacconi Quartet
    World Premiere of Heartfelt for String Quartet
    Private Joe for baritone and quartet, featuring Roderick Williams
    Hora Bessarabia for violin and double bass, featuring Andrew Marshall
    Canto for solo viola
    Please join us for a very special webcast concert – the world premiere of Heartfelt, our new commission from Roxanna Panufnik.

    The programme will also feature world-renowned baritone Roderick Williams joining us for Private Joe, a deeply moving song cycle composed of letters and poems from the First World War trenches.  Robin will perform Canto for solo viola, and bassist Andrew Marshall will join Hannah for Hora Bessarabia. Full programme notes can be downloaded here.

    This will be our first concert since 16th March, and we are really hoping for a large audience.  The concert will be available to all, live and as catchup, and in lieu of tickets, we will be encouraging donations in aid of the Royal Society of Musicians.  The Royal Society of Musicians is Britain’s oldest music charity, providing vital financial assistance, advice and guidance to those professionally active in the world of music but who are unable to work due to accident, illness or old age.  The donate button will appear underneath the video and is also right here:
  • Sacconi Virtual Festival 2020

    16 May 2020

    Sacconi Virtual Festival 2020

    In lieu of the actual Sacconi Festival in Folkestone 15-17 May 2020, we've taken it online! Here you will find chat, music from previous festivals and some extras!

  • Sacconi Festival - Postponed

    26 March 2020

    Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak we have to postpone the Sacconi Festival this May. Thank you to everyone that had already bought tickets, the Quarterhouse will be in touch soon to organise a refund. We are extremely disappointed to have to make this announcement, however the health of our musicians and audience are obviously the priority. We genuinely hope to reschedule the Festival for later on in the year so please keep an eye on the website for details or join our mailing list by going to the Friends page and entering your email address into the box. Hopefully the next news item will be a more positive one!

    We wish all our Friends and supporters and their families all the best in these strange and difficult times and look forward to seeing you in a few months.

  • 2020 Sacconi Festival Box Office Now Open!

    5 March 2020

    2020 Sacconi Festival Box Office Now Open!

    15 - 17 May 2020 Folkestone, Kent

    There is a distinct Russian flavour to this year’s Sacconi Festival. The Quartet will be fresh from their February tour to Russia with pianist Peter Donohoe and will be bringing their tour programme  back to Folkestone this May.  There will also be plenty of Beethoven in celebration of his anniversary year, plus a hand-picked string ensemble from the Royal College of Music join us once again. The Sacconi will perform the World Premiere of their commission from Roxanna Panufnik and clarinettist David Campbell also guests in the 13th Sacconi Chamber Music Festival!

    You can now buy your tickets for the 2020 Sacconi Festival in Folkestone. Full programme details and ticket prices can be found on the Festival page. Individual tickets can be purchased through the Quarterhouse website, or Rover tickets can be bought over the phone or in person from the Quarterhouse (01303 760750). Rover tickets give access to all 5 Festival concerts and cost £90, or £85 if bought before 27th March.



  • Anniversary tour

    8 November 2019

    Anniversary tour

    Sacconis announce their 20th birthday tour.

  • Summer Newsletter

    12 August 2019

    Our latest Newsletter is out, with the latest news from us about what we have been up to, and what’s coming up next. There’s a look back to this year’s Festival (with links to Live-streaming in case you missed any of the festival or would like to re-visit!), along with next year’s Festival dates, which are: 15-17 May 2020, put them in your diary now!

    We also look forward to reviving our Beethoven in the Dark project that we developed a few years ago. We are excited to be performing it in festivals in Mexico and Lebanon next year, and are hoping for more opportunities to play it closer to home in Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary year. Watch this space! 

    If anyone feels like a mini-break to Dublin, we’ll be playing a weekend of concerts in Monkstown Church on 7th & 8th September, and the Autumn also brings us to the North of England for a mini-tour with concerts in Morpeth, Halifax, Bollington and Hoylake, 21-25 November. We are also back at Kings Place, celebrating female composers as part of its ‘Venus Unwrapped’ festival. Full details of our upcoming concerts can be found here.

    All of our previous Newsletters can be found here, and if you aren’t already on our mailing list you can subscribe to it here.

  • Latest News

    10 May 2019

    Sacconi Live Stream

    Sacconi Festival

    The 12th Sacconi Chamber Music Festival is almost upon us (17th -19th May)! But if you can’t make it down to the sunny seaside town of Folkestone to join us, Tom Poster, Philip Dukes and the RCM String Ensemble then you can tune in to our LIVE streaming channel for all three of our 7pm concerts (internet and technology allowing!)  


    Thanks to all of you who have supported our commissioning projects from Roxanna Panufnik and Graham Fitkin by buying tickets for our raffle!

    We still have tickets left, with the draw taking place on Sunday 19th May in Folkestone.  If you would like to buy a ticket, please simply reply to this email or click on the paypal button to the right.  The top prize is a concert from the Sacconi Quartet at a venue of your choosing, and more details are to be found here.

    Holiday with the Sacconi

    In October we will be presenting three concerts in and around Fowey as part of the Kirker Cornwall Music Festival. The holiday includes four nights at the gorgeous Fowey hotel, two visits to Bocconoc and a visit to St Mawes. More importantly, clients will hear the Sacconi in three intimate concert settings, and dine with the Quartet after each concert. We would love you to join us, and early booking is advised:

  • Out and About

    28 March 2019

    The Sacconis all have busy and successful musical careers outside of the Quartet, and while others are busy relaxing over Easter, they can be found playing in Music Festivals across the UK.

    Firstly, in early April, Ben is off to play in the Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival, the home of which is the beautiful Kinnordy Estate on the outskirts of Kirriemuir, Angus. This is a rare opportunity to hear chamber music in the setting for which it was written. Full details can be found at the Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival website.

    Meanwhile, Hannah and Cara are heading up to Yorkshire next week for New Paths Festival., where they will be joined by some great friends and musicians. Works to be performed include Schubert’s Trout Quintet, Ravel’s Quartet and Mendelssohn’s dramatic piano trio in D Minor with festivals Artistic Director, Libby Burgess and violinist Jamie Campbell. Please do go along and join in if you are in the area. All information for concerts can be found at the New Paths Festival website.

    And not to be outdone, Robin is playing a concert with the Rautio Piano Trio at Kings Place in London, on the 12th May. Full details can be found at the Kings Place website.

    Do come if you can!

  • Sacconi Raffle

    15 March 2019

    We are currently working on continuing our long-term aim of working with and commissioning from the best of British composers, performing their works and making them available on recordings.  Last year saw commissions and recordings by Graham Fitkin, Jonathan Dove and John McCabe, and we are now making further plans with two composers – Roxanna Panufnik and, once again, Graham Fitkin.

    Projects of this kind inevitably come at a price, and we are proud to be supporting some of the best of British contemporary composers.  As well as seeking funding from grant-giving trusts, we would like to involve our Sacconi friends in the evolution and funding of these pieces.  Drawing on the success of our first raffle in 2015/16, we have now launched a new raffle, again with the chance to win a performance by the Sacconi Quartet at a venue of your choice.  We also have a second prize of a limited edition print of a stunning painting of the quartet by artist Emily Patrick, and further prizes of ten of the new CDs mentioned above.

    As before, there are one hundred tickets at £100 each.  The draw will take place at the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone on 19th May.  You can purchase tickets by clicking the Paypal button below, or in person at any of our concerts, by or by emailing us at  As always, we are indebted to all of you for your support and enthusiasm for this endeavour.

  • Festival Box Office Now Open!

    14 February 2019

    Festival Box Office Now Open!

    17th – 19th May 2019, Folkestone

    Tickets from Tel: 01303 760750

    The Sacconi Quartet return to Folkestone with their 12th Annual Chamber Music Festival. This year they are bringing some very special guests; including welcoming back the extraordinary pianist Tom Poster, who will join them for Korngold's sumptuous Piano Quintet. Eminent violist Philip Dukes will also join the Sacconis for a quintet, this time Beethoven's tempestuous 'Storm' Quintet Op.29. A hand-picked string orchestra from the Royal College of Music will be directed by the Sacconis in a thrilling concert including John Woolrich's haunting 'Ulysses Awakes' for Viola and Strings, and Bartok's Divertimento for Strings: one of the genre's greatest works. Other repertoire includes Mozart, Haydn, Grieg and Schubert.

  • Sacconi Festival 2019

    16 December 2018

    Sacconi Festival 2019

    The Sacconi Festival programme has been launched! Thank you to all the Sacconi Friends who came along to our Christmas Party in London last week and helped us celebrate! The full programme can be found on the Festival page here.

    We will be delighted to welcome some very special guests, including pianist Tom Poster, violist Phil Dukes, the Kosmos Ensemble and a specially selected chamber orchestra from the Royal College of Music. The box office will open early in the New Year, watch this space for updates!

  • Sacconi Commissions - and Raffle!

    1 November 2018

    Sacconi Commissions - and Raffle!

    We are currently working on continuing our long-term aim of working with and commissioning from the best of British composers, performing their works and making them available on recordings.  Last year saw commissions and recordings by Graham Fitkin, Jonathan Dove and John McCabe, and we are now making further plans with two composers – Roxanna Panufnik and, once again, Graham Fitkin.

    Roxanna Panufnik (born 1968) has written a wide range of pieces – opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, orchestral and chamber compositions, and music for film and television – which are performed all over the world.  We plan to commission Panufnik to write us a string quartet, which will be premiered at Folkestone 2020 and recorded for Signum Classics. 

    Graham Fitkin (born 1963) composes for concerts, dance, film and digital media and runs his own ensemble of 9 soloists.

    Having worked recently in the same festival with Graham and exceptional saxophonist Simon Haram, we would like to commission Graham to write us a piece for saxophone and string quartet, to be premiered at Folkestone 2021.  Our second CD of Graham’s music will include this piece, Recur for Harp and Quartet, written for harpist Ruth Wall and us in 2016, and other currently unrecorded works.
    Projects of this kind inevitably come at a price, and we are proud to be supporting some of the best of British contemporary composers.  As well as seeking funding from grant-giving trusts, we would like to involve our Sacconi friends in the evolution and funding of these pieces.  Drawing on the success of our raffle in 2015/16, this December we would like to launch our second raffle, again with the chance to win a house-performance by the Sacconi Quartet at a venue of your choice.  We also have a second prize of a limited edition print of a stunning painting of the quartet by artist Emily Patrick, and further prizes of ten of the new CDs mentioned above.

    As before, there will be one hundred tickets at £100 each.  We will launch the raffle in December, with the draw taking place at the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone on 19th May.  You can purchase tickets at any of our concerts, or by replying to this email.  As always, we are indebted to all of you for your support and enthusiasm for this endeavour.

  • Folk Up North

    2 September 2018

    Hannah, in one of her many associations outside of the Sacconis, is performing at Wigmore Hall on Saturday 15th Septemper alongside Donald Grant of the Elias Quartet, in his own quartet, the Donald Grant Quartet, which takes a particular interest in Scottish Folk music.

    In this family-friendly performance the Quartet are joined by presenter Lucy Drever for a concert exploring Scottish folk music, featuring a specially commissioned film projected live onstage. This concert delves into the mysterious stories of Scottish folklore and the unique soundworld of Scottish traditional music.

    Full details can be found at the Wigmore Hall website.

  • Different Trains and Juliet Letters!

    9 August 2018

    Different Trains and Juliet Letters!

    London - 6th September (tickets available here)
    Bristol - 7th September (tickets available here)

    We’re excited to be giving two performances of Steve Reich’s Different Trains in September. This will be paired with The Juliet Letters, and we’re delighted that the great Jon Boden will be singing with us once again. The two performances will be in London on the 6th September (tickets available here), and at St George’s Bristol on 7th September (tickets available here). Do come and join us for the rare opportunity to hear these great works.

  • (Mostly) Sacconi

    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!

  • Secrets and Codes, Nocturnes and Moonlight

    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.

  • Please let us know...

    20 April 2018

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to make it simpler for people to control how organisations use their personal details (for example name, address and email address). As part of the new regulation, we have to obtain your consent once again to communicate with you using your information.

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  • Hannah at Wigmore Hall

    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.

  • Cara's New Paths

    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.

  • "Engaging Contemporary Minimalism"

    11 March 2018

    We are delighted that our latest CD, Graham Fitkin's complete works for string quartet, has received a tremendous review from Catherine Nelson in The Strad magazine.

    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!

  • Festival Box Office Now Open!

    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!

Upcoming concerts

  • The Petworth Festival

    Tuesday 23rd July 2024 at 7.30pm
  • Wallingford Chamber Music

    Saturday 7th September 2024 at 8.00pm
  • The Assembly House

    Thursday 26th September 2024 at 1.00pm
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