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Quartet will be intense for Abbotsholme Arts Society concert

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 26, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • The Elias String Quartet.

  • The Elias String Quartet.

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A STRING quartet will be the next act to take to the stage for a village arts society.

The Elias String Quartet will play at Abbotsholme School, near Uttoxeter, next Wednesday (January 29) at 8pm.

The Elias String Quartet take their name from Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah, and have quickly established themselves as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation. They perform around the world, collaborating with many different artists. The Quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where they worked closely with the late Dr. Christopher Rowland.

They also spent a year studying at the Hochschule in Cologne with the Alban Berg quartet. Other mentors in the Quartet's studies include Hugh Maguire, György Kurtág, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Henri Dutilleux and Rainer Schmidt. Their Abbotsholme concert forms part of a Beethoven project which has been running since 2012.

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The Quartet consists of Sara Bitloch and Donald Grant on Violins, Martin Saving on Viola, and Marie Bitloch on Cello.

For their concert at Abbotsholme they quartet will play an all Beethoven programme including String Quartet in C minor Op 18 No.4 and String Quartet in E flat Op.74.

The evening will conclude with the well-known late Quartet in B flat (Grosse Fugue).

Tickets cost £20 (under 25s £5) and are available by calling 01543 263304.

For further information go online to www.abbotsholmeartssociety.co.uk.

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