Formed in 2001, the Sacconi Quartet have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. They are Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music. Their 2017 CD – with the tenor, Mark Padmore, and pianist, Charles Owen – of music by Jonathan Dove was named as one of Gramophone magazine’s recordings of the year. It is just one CD in an extensive catalogue.
They are passionate about the string quartet repertoire, reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm, and for the last 12 years, they have run their own chamber music festival in Folkestone. Here in Hexham, they will be playing three masterpieces for us, including Mendelssohn’s extraordinary first published quartet, one of two written when the composer was still a teenager.
‘The chemistry between these four young players is tangible and magical’ – The Scotsman
Haydn String Quartet in D major, op. 64 no. 5 (The Lark)
Beethoven String Quartet no. 11 in F minor, op. 95 (Serioso)
Mendelssohn String Quartet no. 1 in E flat major, op. 12
Sacconi play Ravel’s string quartet
A glimpse of the quartet’s appearance in Howard Goodall’s BBC series, The Story of Music