Endellion String Quartet concerts between January 2018 and May 2018

Endellion String Quartet concerts between January 2018 and May 2018

  • The Endellion String Quartet
    The Endellion String Quartet

The Endellion String Quartet are offering alumni two tickets for the price of one for their January 2018 - May 2018 concerts.

The Endellion String Quartet, in conjunction with Cambridge Live, are offering alumni a 'two tickets for the price of one' offer to their October 2017 - May 2018 concerts with the discount code '241'. The discount applies to all prices except the £6 student price, and is available by phone or by buying the tickets from the box office; please quote 'CAMALUMNUS' when you book. The concerts will take place at the West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge.  All are welcome.


Wednesday 17 January 2018

  • BEETHOVEN – String Quartet Op.18 No.2 
  • MOZART – String Quartet K.421
  • WEBERN – Six Bagatelles for String Quartet Op.9
  • TCHAIKOVSKY – String Quartet No.3 Op.30

Op.18 No.2 is Beethoven’s most Mozartian, good-natured and elegant of his early quartets; Mozart’s D minor is one of his most intense, tragic and profound works and opens with one of the most memorable of his melodies. Webern’s astonishingly expressive Bagatelles take all of 3½ minutes but Schoenberg describes Webern as being able to ‘express a novel in a single gesture, joy in a  single indrawn breath …’ In contrast to this extreme concision is the luxurious  expansiveness of Tchaikovsky’s superb third and final quartet which is as masterly and moving as any of his symphonies.  

Booking information

  • Tickets: £27, £25 (65+), £13 (Registered Disabled) and £6 (Students, Under 16s).
  • HALF PRICE (standard or 65+ tickets only) available for restricted view seats
  • Group discounts: 20% for groups of 10+ (plus free programme for each group member)

To book call the Cambridge Box Office on 01223 357851 or visit it in person at 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB.  Please quote 'CAMALUMNUS' at the time of booking to receive the discount offer.

About the Quartet

The Endellion String Quartet celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2014. It consists of Andrew Watkinson and Ralph de Souza on Violins, Garfield Jackson on Viola and David Waterman on Cello. They will also be joined by guest pianist, Barry Douglas, on 18 October 2017. 

The group has also appeared at many major series and festivals, and has frequently broadcast on BBC radio and television. Its presence in London has been marked by several series both at the Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall in addition to its prestigious residency at Cambridge University and its ongoing series at The Venue Leeds. It works with guest artists including members of the former Amadeus Quartet, Sir Thomas Allen, Marc-André Hamelin, Joshua Bell, Michael Collins, Benjamin Grosvenor, Steven Isserlis, Mitsuko Uchida and Tabea Zimmermann.

  • In 2017, the quartet performed and coached at the Singapore Conservatory and at Yale University School of Music.
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians concludes that 'The Endellion is arguably the finest quartet in Britain, playing with poise, true intonation, excellent balance and a beautiful tone.’
  • In 1996 the quartet won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble.

[The quartet] captivates concertgoers with a remarkable rapport, playing to each other with a sense almost of discovery, communicating to the audience on a level of unusual intimacy.

The Guardian

Advocates of education, the quartet has undertaken three short-term residencies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA and, from 2001 to 2010, was Associate Quartet of the RNCM. Since 2011 the quartet has held the position as Visiting Quartet in Association with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in addition to their ongoing coaching at Cambridge University.

For more information about the quartet, visit their website.

About Barry Douglas (Guest Pianist, 18 October 2017)

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow.  As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.

Barry opens the 17/18 season performing Tchaikovsky with the Halle Orchestra, after which he begins new collaborations with both the Endellion String Quartet and the Borodin Quartet.    He tours in recital in the UK and USA and performs with orchestras across the globe from Canada to Europe to Russia.  During the 16/17 season Barry performed two full Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto cycles in Ireland with the RTE Orchestra in Dublin and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast.  He also gave performances of Tchaikovsky’s first Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, and opened the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s concert season, all marking the 30th anniversary of his Tchaikovsky International Competition win.

Other recent and future highlights include performances at BBC Proms in the Park with Ulster Orchestra, a tour with Brussels Philharmonic; and appearances with Prague Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, and the Asturias and Galicia Symphony orchestras.  He also recently gave the premiere of Kevin Volans’ fourth piano concerto with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and appeared at Verbier in July 2017.

He has previously given concerts with the BBC Scottish Symphony, London Symphony, Russian National, Cincinnati Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Staatskapelle, Halle, Orchestre National de France, Seattle Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras, among others.   Barry regularly plays in recitals throughout the world, with recent performances in the UK, the Netherlands, Armenia, Mexico and the US.

Barry is an exclusive Chandos recording artist.  He recently completed recording the full works for solo piano of Brahms, the six albums of which have received much critical praise.  International Record Review wrote that “this is indeed Brahms playing of the utmost integrity and authority... this cycle looks set to become a benchmark version.”   The interesting programming of each disc presents each album as a stand-alone recital, providing a varied and engaging listening experience.   His current recording project focusses on the solo piano works of Schubert; the first two discs have been released and two further discs are on the way.   This season he also begins a series of recordings of Tchaikovsky solo piano music. Also with Chandos Barry is exploring Irish folk music through his own arrangements, working with ancient melodies through to pieces by contemporary song writers.  The first in this series, Celtic Reflections, was released in September 2014 and last season a second disc was released:  Celtic Airs. 

In 1999 Barry Douglas founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland to celebrate and nurture the very best of young musicians from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland.  In addition to striving for musical excellence, one of the orchestra’s aims is to further the peace process in Ireland by promoting dialogue and collaboration through its musical education programmes.  Barry regularly tours with Camerata Ireland throughout the world and will visit the US and South America this season.  Highlights of the past seasons were Camerata Ireland’s debut at the BBC Proms in London and a world premiere of a new cantata commissioned by The Honourable The Irish Society, “At Sixes and Sevens”, alongside the London Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Derry-Londonderry becoming City of Culture 2013.

Barry Douglas received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to music.

Further information

For further information on tickets and concert bookings, contact Sarah Biggs or call 020 8348 5727 for more information.