St George's Chamber Orchestra continues its 10th season with the debut of the St George's Chamber Orchestra String Quartet. They will play one of Haydn's most popular quartets 'The Lark' and Janacek's passionate 'Kreutzer Sonata'. The violist and cellist from the Allegri String Quartet will then join them for Brahms's melodious masterpiece, the Sextet in B flat.
The St George’s Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2004 as the professional orchestra for the South East in order to give local music lovers the opportunity to hear orchestral concerts of the highest standard on their own doorstep, and indeed for the musicians to enjoy making music together on their own doorstep!
The Quartet are all members of the St George's Chamber Orchestra, which is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.
We are proud to be resident at St George’s Church, Beckenham which has a long, strong and respected musical heritage, and boasts one of the finest church choirs in the UK. With its spaciousness, good acoustics and warm friendly atmosphere the church is an ideal venue for a chamber orchestra.
A few comments from our audience:
‘The SGCO has got to be one of the best things about being a Beckenham local. At the end of each concert I’m already looking forward to the next one.’
‘A most enjoyable evening – an excellent programme with a first class chamber orchestra; what more could you ask for?’
‘Your concert yesterday evening brought immense pleasure many congratulations to everyone. It is a privilege to live where such things happen locally.’
‘The concert was such a treat, what a programme! So lovely to hear those less-often performed pieces. Thank you.’
- String Quartet No 53 in D major, 'Lark'
- (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
- String Quartet No 1, 'The Kreutzer Sonata'
- Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
- String Sextet No 1 in B flat
- Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)