After a recent sellout concert at nearby Dulwich Picture Gallery the St George's Chamber Orchestra String Quartet returns to Beckenham with a sublime programme including Schubert’s masterpiece ‘Death and the Maiden’. Watch a preview of the Schubert on our website. The quartet originated from one formed for a concert tour to Crete in September 2013, now an annual event in the calendar. All the members of the quartet are members of the St George’s Chamber Orchestra.
St George’s Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2004 as the professional orchestra for the South East in order to give local music lovers the opportunity to hear orchestral concerts of the highest standard on their own doorstep, and indeed for the musicians to enjoy making music together on their own doorstep!
The orchestra is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.
We are proud to be resident at St George’s Church, Beckenham which has a long, strong and respected musical heritage, and boasts one of the finest church choirs in the UK. With its spaciousness, good acoustics and warm friendly atmosphere the church is an ideal venue for a chamber orchestra.
A few comments from our audience:
' St George's Chamber Orchestra is pure gold.'
‘St George's Chamber Orchestra has got to be one of the best things about being a Beckenham local. At the end of each concert I’m already looking forward to the next one.’
'Your programmes are always imaginitive and the playing first class.'
'I enjoy these concerts enormously and we are most fortunate to have you in Beckenham.'
'Music wonderful and surroundings perfect! Thank you.'
'I have really enjoyed the concerts over these last years. So good and so convenient for me. Long may you continue!'
'I just wish we could have a concert every week!'
'I greatly value the opportunity and experience you provide of "going round the corner" and hearing professionals at work. Thank you so very much.'
'Last night's concert was one of the best I have ever been to. Simply sublime.'
- String Quartet No 5 in A
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- Elegy and Polka
- Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
- String Quartet No 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden'
- Franz Schubert (1797-1828)