Come to the Tamar Valley for a feast of concerts by the renowned Dante Quartet, celebrating our Dante Summer Festival’s 10th anniversary. We start and finish with two great quintets by Brahms, along with chamber music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Debussy, plus open rehearsals, a concert of gypsy jazz, workshops, guided walks, shared meals and children’s events - something to interest and delight everyone.
The festival began in 2001 while the Dante Quartet was on tour in the West Country. We gave a concert in the tiny, out-of-the-way Trebullett Chapel, in aid of a local charity. This was so successful, and the acoustic so perfect, that we felt compelled to return - again and again. We found a wealth of other fantastic venues and an enthusiastic audience. Now the Dante Summer Festival spans five action-packed days of musical events with the Dante Quartet and friends in beautiful churches, chapels and barns throughout the Tamar Valley.
We welcome wonderful clarinettist Robert Plane and superb jazz fiddler Tim Kliphuis with his trio, as our guest artists this year. Our series of Schubert’s masterpieces continues with the ‘Rosamunde’ quartet, and we look forward to playing Kodaly’s first string quartet, rarely heard but proving wildly popular with our audiences, in the magical setting of Calstock’s Old Chapel..
Bring your children to a painting workshop inspired by live music, experiment with gipsy jazz, walk with us along the edge of Dartmoor, and feel free to listen in to our rehearsals of Brahms’ exhilarating G major quintet, from first attempt through to final performance.
Don’t miss this chance to hear the Dante Quartet playing on your doorstep; or, if you live further afield, come and join us for some great music in one of the most beautiful parts of England.
Festival Administrator - David Seward; Artistic Director - Krysia Osostowicz; Publicity Officer - Anna Brigham
The Dante Quartet
Krysia Osostowicz, Giles Francis - violins,
Rachel Roberts - viola, Richard Jenkinson - cello