Barbican String Quartet

** Please note the new date for this concert.

Thursday 21st April 2022
7:30pm at the Penrith Methodist Church
Tickets: £17 (students £2), at the door or in advance.

Penrith Music Club’s New Year concert, which had to be cancelled due to one of the artists testing positive for Covid, has been rescheduled and will now take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday 21st April, at Penrith Methodist Church.


Penrith Music Club and Barbican String Quartet thank our club members and supporters for their flexibility over cancellation of the concert originally scheduled in January.

The rescheduled concert with a new programme will be take placed at 7:30pm on Thursday 21st April at Penrith Methodist Church. We are very pleased to welcome the young but already multi-prize-winning Barbican String Quartet.

Among their awards are first prize in the Joseph Joachim International Competition and another first in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition. Although based in London (they made their Wigmore Hall debut in 2017 and were 2020 St John Smith Square Young Artists) the quartet has played around the world – from Peasemarsh to Bordeaux and Montreal. No strangers to broadcasting, their performances have been heard on the Dutch NPO Radio 4 channel and on BBC Radio 3.

A truly international group, the Barbican’s members came together at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Dutch first violin Amarins Wierdsma is lucky enough to play on a 1764 Guadagnini violin and the quartet has recently been joined by a new second violinist, Canadian violinist Kate Maloney. Kate is recognised for her masterful performance with flawless technique and a vivid colour palette. She performs on an Italian violin from 1768 by Bartolommeo Bimbi, on a generous loan from a private donor. Violist Christoph Slenczka was born in Germany and started to learn the violin at the age of five. When he was 17 he picked up the viola and started to study that at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Bulgarian-born cellist Yoanna Prododanova’s debut CD on the Linn Records Label was released in 2020.

For this wonderfully diverse concert they will be playing Martinu Quartet no. 3, Schubert Quartettsatz, Bartok Quartet no. 2 and Brahms Quartet no. 2 in a minor.

Single tickets at £17 (£2 for students) can be booked in advance through Penrith Tourist Information (01768 867466) or Beckside Books (01768 895951). Tickets can also be reserved from Colin Marston (01768 863518), to be collected and paid for at the door.


Martinu Quartet no. 3
Schubert Quartettsatz
Bartok Quartet no. 2
Brahms Quartet no. 2 in A minor

You can download more detailed programme notes by John Upson if you wish.
These are in PDF format, ready to print. Click here.

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Updated on 27th June 2022
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