Ambrosian Strings playing quintets by Mozart, Onslow and Bottesini

Ambrosian Strings playing quintets by Mozart, Onslow and Bottesini

Sunday 10 December 2023
4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


Book here now: £13 full price • £10 or £7 if you prefer – please pay what you can*

Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor K.546
Georges Onslow Quintet No.21 in G minor Op.51
Bottesini Grand Quintet in C Op. 90

Join the Ambrosian strings for an afternoon of some of the best classical and romantic music you’ve never heard of!

Georges Onslow is perhaps best described as the musical love child of Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Known in his time as the “Beethoven Français”, he spent much of his time writing and chamber music . The Quintet in G minor has the drama of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, the lightness of Mendelssohn’s scherzos and the gentle charm of his melodies.
Giovanni Bottesini was world famous as the “Paganini of the double bass”. He was very good friends with Verdi and even conducted the first performance of Aida in Cairo. Perhaps no surprise then, that this Quintet is like a little Italian opera – without singers. Lovely tunes, a few love duets, drama and a happy and uplifting finale.

Ambrosian Strings is the latest collaboration of some of the most celebrated string players living in the South West.

Jonathan Storer, violin co-leader of Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra , Royal Northern Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra
Patricia Calnan, violin – Solo recording artist with English Chamber Orchestra and Academy of St Martin in the fields, Director of the Lyric Chamber orchestra

George Robertson, viola – Principal viola of Bergen and Stockholm Symphony Orchestras as well as being a top recording session musician for decades in London.

Jane Pirie, cello – performer with all major London orchestras, most highly sought after cellist in the South West as well as performing Orquesta Classic de Vigo and Ensemble Verxel in Portugal

Michael Allnatt, double bass – Chamber ensemble of London, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Dorset Opera.


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