This week the Doric String Quartet are in Snape Maltings recording the complete Britten String Quartets with Chandos, to be released in 2019. They will then perform in concerts as part of the Britten Weekend in Snape Maltings (19th- 21st October), exploring Britten’s background and influences, alongside guest artists and emerging chamber music ensembles. Across the weekend they will survey the composer’s complete works for String Quartet, as well as exploring repertoire including Korngold and Elgar. More information available here.
The Doric Quartet has long been a champion of Britten’s work and they have deepened this connection further since the Quartet’s violist Hélène Clément received Britten’s own instrument generously on loan from the Britten-Pears Foundation. Earlier this week Hélène talked to Classic FM about how it feels to play on this fantastic historic instrument. You can find the interview as well as a little sneak peek of her playing the instrument here.