Dear Music Lover
Visited by Queen Elizabeth 1 and Charles 1, the Gilt Hall at Cobham Hall is a truly regal setting for our concert on May 15 which features the sublime string quintet of Schubert.
It’s a varied programme. In jest, Beethoven added to the duo title, ‘with eyeglass obligato’ ribbing the myopic musicians to whom the duo was written – Beethoven himself on viola and Baron Nikolaus Zmeskall von Domanowecz, a talented amateur cellist.
Arensky’s rather unusual scoring of a string quartet employing two cellos is instrumentally the perfect bed partner to the Schubert Quintet, that quintessential desert island disk. The Russian carol ‘crown of thorns’ is the basis for an alluring and virtuoso set of variations within the work.
Cobham Hall has easy access from all parts of Kent being just 10 minutes from the M25 along the M2 at the Shorne exit, in the heart of Dickens country. The Leather Bottle in Cobham village was frequented by Dickens himself and the church opposite has interesting brasses.
Do contact Ray McCormack for reservations on 01233 622971. Tickets include interval drinks and are £24 for a great programme in a great venue. We hope to see you again.
With all good wishes. Paul Manley – Artistic Director.