Emperor String Quartet and Sarah Beth Briggs
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Emperor String Quartet and Sarah Beth Briggs

Sarah Beth Briggs returns to Stamford with the Emperor String Quartet, bringing a programme of music written for piano quintet and string quartet. Sarah, who was the youngest finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the age of 11, is well known as a chamber musician and soloist. 

Sarah Beth Briggs returns to Stamford with the Emperor String Quartet, bringing a programme of music written for piano quintet and string quartet. Sarah, who was the youngest finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the age of 11, is well known as a chamber musician and soloist.

The Emperor String Quartet was formed in 1992 by members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in order to perform the string quartet repertoire. The concert begins with the first of Haydn’s Op. 33 set of string quartets, in which he developed the form of the string quartet from the beginnings in the Op. 20 set (see the November concert).

The size of the stage in the Ballroom normally prohibits us from having a piano concerto in the series here, but the second piece in this concert is Mozart’s 12th Piano Concerto, albeit performed in an arrangement made by the composer himself for piano and string quartet.

Finally we have Brahms’ piano quintet, his only piece for this combination of instruments, described by a contemporary as “beautiful beyond words … a masterpiece of chamber music”.

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