Quartet opens society season

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AN acclaimed quartet will open the season for Morpeth Music Society next week.

The group will play host to the London Haydn Quartet, as well as clarinettist Eric Hoeprich.

The quartet was formed by violinist Catherine Manson and violist James Boyd in 2001 to play the Haydn string quartets on gut strings and using classical bows. The pair are joined by Michael Gurevich on violin and Richard Lester on cello.

Their Morpeth programme will open with an early Beethoven string quartet in D, followed by the Haydn string quartet in F minor.

It will conclude with a performance of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, featuring Eric Hoeprich.

The musician made his own clarinet, inspired by an illustration of Anton Stadler’s, for whom the quintet was originally written, basset clarinet, and he has also written a scholarly text on the history of the instrument.

The concert takes place at Morpeth Methodist Church on Thursday, February 2, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £12 from the Tourist Information Centre in Morpeth Chantry, the Methodist Church or Society Secretary Mrs Cunningham on 01670 513369. Admission is free for under 18s.