Fitzwilliam String Quartet - February Concert

Clare Hall is delighted to present what promises to be a spellbinding concert by our Quartet-in-Residence, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet.

New date and time: Sunday 27 February 2022 from 7.30pm
Clare Hall Dining Room

Tickets: £15 General Admission, £10 Clare Hall members, £5 students and children. Final tickets are available via Eventbrite.

For any queries, please email Rashel Pakbaz, the Music Committee's Administrator via


Peter McCarthy - Berry Hill (2020)                

Rebecca Clarke - Poem (1926)

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Quartet No.2 (1943)                           

Ludwig van Beethoven - C sharp minor quartet (Op.131)

Alan George, a founding member of the Quartet, comments:
The first half of our second concert is all-English: not an area we had been particularly known for until 2008, when we found ourselves caught up in the Vaughan Williams 50th anniversary, then Delius in 2012 and Britten the following year. Both the first two composers here have been highly active string players – Rebecca Clarke as one of the finest viola players of her generation, and Peter McCarthy still among the leading double bass and viol players of the Early Music movement."

About Fitzwilliam String Quartet

International recognition came early for the FSQ as the first group to record and perform all fifteen Shostakovich string quartets, drawing on the players' personal connection with the composer. Shostakovich travelled to York to hear FSQ’s performance of his thirteenth quartet, and this musical friendship (the composer’s own word) prospered from then on.

The FSQ has appeared regularly across the world, while making several award-winning recordings for Decca, Linn, and Divine Art. A long-term ambition to record Beethoven and Schubert on gut strings – following the success of previous discs on historical instruments – was finally initiated during their fiftieth anniversary season, with recordings of Schubert’s last four quartets (the C minor and G major are now available). The FSQ remains one of the few prominent quartets to play on older set-ups, yet simultaneously bringing about the addition of over 60 new works to the repertoire.

Having been Quartet-in-Residence at York for twelve years, at Warwick for three, and at Bucknell, Pennsylvania, USA from 1978, their university work continues at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge; at St Andrews; and now at Clare Hall. They have also been granted their own annual chamber music festival at Hay-on-Wye. The quartet’s anniversary season itself included a concert back in Cambridge in March 2019, 50 years to the day after that debut performance.

Covid safety

Clare Hall kindly requests that you do not attend this event if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. We strongly recommend taking a Lateral Flow Test on the day of the event, and the use of facial coverings throughout the event, though these are no longer mandated. The use of hand sanitiser, freely available, is also highly recommended. Communal spaces are ventilated and the College has very low instances of Covid-19.

Useful information for attendees

  • Accessibility details: full step-free access, accessible toilet, lift.
  • Find directions on how to get to Clare Hall and contact details here.

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