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Greenwich Mozart Festival: Concert 4
PCOL String Quartet: Beethoven, Bach, Reynolds & Petrie
St Alfege Church, Greenwich, London
July 8th | 7:30pm
Tickets: £15 - £30 (concessions available for over 65s and students; please see info below)
Violin 1: Tanya Sweiry
Violin 2: Aisling Manning
Viola: Marie de Bry
Cello: Abi Hyde-Smith
Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London String Quartet
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (arr. for string quartet)
Peter Reynolds: String Quartet No. 2 Footsteps in the Shadows London Premiere
Petrie: Eulogy World Premiere
Beethoven: Quartet in C minor Op. 18 No. 4
The PCOL String Quartet features four of our principal string musicians.
This concert is presented in memory of Peter Reynolds (1958-2016) who was the composition tutor (2005-9) of PCOL Artistic Director Christopher Petrie at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama who subsequently became a friend and mentor. Chris commissioned Peter’s String Quartet No. 2 for the Monmouth Festival in 2012 and has become one of Peter’s most successful compositions, receiving subsequent performances by a number of string quartets. Peter’s quartet drew its compositional building blocks from cells of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (also featured in this concert) that are purposefully unrecognisable, as well as possessing a notable influence from the music of Morton Feldman, with whom he studied at Dartington. Chris dedicated his short Eulogy - originally a short harmonic study, but later developed into a short stand-alone work - to Peter Reynolds’ memory.
Beethoven's Quartet in C minor Op. 18 no. 4 was written alongside five others composed between 1898-1900 that are collectively known as his early quartets. Although his first set of quartets, they were masterfully written and are clearly inspired by the great quartet composers who preceded him including Mozart and Haydn. This is the only one of Beethoven's early quartets based in a minor key - C minor - and whilst it bears a serious character, it bursts with energy. C minor was an important key for Beethoven as he used it for many of his more serious compositions, perhaps most famously in his Symphony No. 5.
Concessions: we offer a 10% discount on all tickets (except £10 day tickets) for under 16s, full-time students and over 65s. ID is required upon entry to the venue to prove eligibility. Please select concession tickets as required when selecting tickets.
Doors and venue box office open at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7:30pm. Please arrive in good time as the box office becomes very busy after 7pm.
Nearest train station: Greenwich (0.3 miles)
Nearest tube station: Cutty Sark DLR (0.1 miles)
Nearest car park: Burney Street Car Park, Greenwich, SE10 8EX
Disabled Access: The venue is wheelchair accessible but please aim arrive at least 30mins early to enable us to accomodate you with as much comfort as we can provide. Wheelchair users are eligible for free entry (subject to availability) provided that a companion buys a full-price ticket for an aisle seat next to which a wheelchair can be accomodated. On the venue map, aisle seats are located:
- Left Side Stalls, seat number 3 on any row
- Stalls A or C, seat number 1 on any row
- Stalls B or D, seat number 5 on any row
- Right Side Stalls, seat number 1 on any row.
For help in finding a suitable seat please get in touch (link below).
We advise that tickets are bought in advance to avoid disappointment. Unreserved day tickets in the balcony for £10 each will be made available on the day of the concert but these may have a limited view or no view of the performance. We do not accept refunds.
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Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London Ltd.
The Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London was founded in 2013 to provide London's leading young professional musicians with the forum to develop a new voice. PCOL musicians regularly perform with all the prevailing London orchestras as well as many throughout the UK. This musical freshness and quality - along wth our unique artistic approach - has gained us a reputation for quality and innovation. In March 2017 the PCOL had their debut recording released on the major American label Centaur Classics.
Following many concerts in London's Cadogan Hall during 2013-15, the PCOL now presents most of their concerts in the form of Greenwich Mozart Festival held each summer in the beautiful and intimate setting St Alfege Church in Greenwich, London.