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Exploring Shostakovich

Exploring Shostakovich

A rare opportunity for you to hear all Shostakovich's string quartets in one weekend.



The Dante Quartet will play all fifteen quartets during the weekend, each performance introduced by Stephen Johnson, plus talks by respected speakers and a Masterclass for Birmingham Conservatoire students run by Robin Ireland. 

The Dante Quartet

Krysia Osostowicz - violin

Oscar Perks - violin

Yuko Inoue - viola

Richard Jenkinson - cello


Friday 26th October 2018

5.30pm : Keynote Talk: The Man and his Music by Stephen Johnson, followed by Quartet No.1 played by the Dante Quartet.  Cost: no charge. BOOK HERE.  

8.15pm : Concert 2 - Quartet No. 2 and Quartet No. 3.  Cost: £20.  BOOK HERE.


Saturday 27th October

10am : Alan George talking about Meeting Shostakovich Cost: £5.  BOOK HERE

11.15am : Concert 3 - Quartet No. 4, Quartet No. 5 and Quartet No. 6.  Cost: £20.  BOOK HERE.

2.30pm : Elizabeth Wilson, author of  Shostakovich, A Life Rememered, in conversation with David Curtis.  Cost: £5.  BOOK HERE.

4pm : Masterclass with Robin Ireland.  Student quartet from Birmingham Conservatoire.  Cost: £10.  BOOK HERE.

6pm-6.30pm : Concert 4.  Stephen Johnson on the composer's private life followed by Quartet No. 7.  Cost £5.  BOOK HERE

7.45pm : Concert 5 - Quartet No. 8, Quartet No. 9 and Quartet No. 10.  Cost: £20.  BOOK HERE.

9pm-11.45pm : David Rudkin, screenwriter, introduces Testimony, Tony Palmer's 1987 film.  Cost: no charge.  BOOK HERE. 


Sunday 28th October

10am : Roderick Swanston - DSCH - A Haunting Metaphor .  Cost: £5.  BOOK HERE.

11.15am : Concert 6 - Quartet No. 11, Quartet No. 12 and Quartet No. 13.  Cost: £20.  BOOK HERE.

2pm : Forum - Stephen Johnson (Chairman), David Rudkin, Roderick Swanston and Elizabeth Wilson.  Cost: £5.  BOOK HERE.

3.30pm : Concert 7 - Quartet No. 14 and Quartet No. 15.  Cost: £20.  BOOK HERE.

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