Dante Summer Festival 2012Dante Quartet

8 - 12 July 2019

Stoke Climsland, Callington
Blisland, St. Endellion
Calstock, Tavistock

Dante Festival dates for 2020: 8 - 12 July; details to come in the New Year

Festival Diary 2019

Monday 8 July

Tuesday 9 July

Wednesday 10 July

Stoke Climsland Church, 7.30 pm

Dante Quartet with Joy Lisney (cello)

Haydn Quartet op 76 no 5 in D
Shostakovich Quartet no 3 in F
Schubert Quintet in C Major

We open with three great works of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Haydn's radiant quartet, "full of invention, fire, good taste, and new effects" is complemented by the playful opening of Shostakovich's quartet, which then moves into darker and more troubled waters. The opening chords of Schubert's Quintet, fluctuating between major and minor, introduce the theme of light and darkness in one of the greatest chamber-music works of all time.

This concert supports Children’s Hospice South West

After the concert:
Welcome Reception in the Old School
Drinks available at the bar; delicious snacks 


“A journey of discovery … just the sort of event that makes festival-going worthwhile”
Financial Times


Dante Quartet


Callington Church, 5 - 6.30 pm

All ages and instruments are welcome! Book in advance, as there are just 20 spaces. Enjoy a guide to the music and the amazing array of instruments played by the Budapest Café Orchestra, and feel free to ask questions. Learn a piece with the band, for a performance in the evening concert.


Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Callington Church, 7.30 pm

The BCO, a multi-talented, multi-instrumental quartet including fiddle, guitar, bass, accordion, balalaika and more, enthrals audiences everywhere. Their infectious energy will sweep you off your feet, with music ranging from a heartrending Jewish melody to dances from Romania and Russia with all their fiery exuberance.

Budapest Café Orchestra

“Astonishing skill and enthusiasm…delightfully different and a privilege to enjoy”
Dorset Echo 


After the concert: a glass of champagne for the Friends of the Dante Festival




Lavethan Barn, Blisland, PL30 4QG

In the beautiful setting of Lavethan, see how the musicians prepare for their evening concert at St Endellion. Afterwards, bring a picnic to have on the village green, or enjoy lunch at the Blisland Inn.

Levathan Barn, Blisland

St Endellion Church, 7.30pm

Dante Quartet & Friends, with Tim Boulton (viola), Joy Lisney (cello) and Trigg Strings

Glazunov Prelude and Fugue
Bach Brandenburg Concerto
Vivaldi Concerto for 2 cellos
Joy Lisney Sea Sketches (world premiere)
Brahms String sextet in B Flat

The vigorous energy of Bach and Vivaldi's virtuosic concertos perfectly complements the glorious melodic sweep of Brahms' sextet for strings. Tim Boulton, who has inspired a whole generation of young Cornish musicians, joins the Dantes as guest violist, while rising star Joy Lisney appears in a dual role as guest cellist and composer of Sea Sketches, premiered here by the Dantes together with the talented young players of Trigg Strings.




St Endellion Church, 9.45pm

Dante Quartet

A rare chance to hear Shostakovich's 15th quartet, written the year before his death: a haunting and unforgettable experience. 


Thursday 11 July


Friends & Sponsors


Friday 12 July

Calstock, 3.00 pm

Meet at Calstock main car park for a walk along the Tamar Valley through scenic woodland to Cotehele Quay and into the grounds of historic Cotehele House.

Tamar Valley and Calstock

The Old Chapel, Calstock 6.00pm

Supper with the musicians, overlooking the river Tamar (advance booking only) 


The Old Chapel, Calstock 8.00pm

Dante Quartet

Stanford Quartet no 1 in G
Howells Quartet no 3, "In Gloucestershire"
Szymanowski Quartet no 2

Overlooking the river Tamar by the spectacular Calstock Viaduct, the Old Chapel provides a magical and intimate setting for a concert of wonderful but rarely heard works.
The meditative Adagio of Stanford's quartet achieves Beethovenian heights, leading into a hilarious Irish jig disguised as a fugue. Stanford's pupil Howells takes the English pastoral idiom and raises it to a new level, with textures reminiscent of Debussy (whose music Stanford had rejected as "modern stink").
French influence also pervades Szymanowski's quartet, his sensuous sound-world fused with wild Polish folk themes.

This concert supports Cornwall Air Ambulance 


If you enjoy our concerts and would like to help the Dante Festival to thrive in future years, we invite you to join our Friends scheme.

Because most of our concerts are in small venues and we wish to keep ticket prices low, our box office revenue only covers half the cost of the festival. For the other half we depend on a small number of generous sponsors and our network of Friends.

Membership of the Friends costs £30 per individual or £40 per family. If you feel able to give more, or wish to sponsor one of the concerts, we would of course be delighted. We would also like to hear from you if you have any other ideas to help with fundraising.

As a Friend of the Dante Festival you will get priority booking and reserved front-of-house seating at concerts. You are also warmly invited to join us for a glass of champagne after the concert on 9th July in Callington. click here to download a Friends' form.

Dante Quartet


This Festival is generously sponsored by:
The Friends of the Dante Festival,
Charles and Helen Cadiot,
Foster Charitable Foundation,
Richard and Elizabeth Machell,
Paul Jackson, Gilbert McCabe,
Simon Rowe, Jenny Salmon,
Bernard Samuels, James Sargent.


St Eustachius Parish Hall, Tavistock
4.30-5.30 pm

St Eustachius Church, Tavistock, 5.45-6.30pm

In this workshop the Dante Quartet explores the extraordinary fugue which outraged contemporaries of Beethoven and continues to fascinate us today. Audience questions welcome.

St Eustachius Church, Tavistock, 7.15pm

Dante Quartet
Anna Brigham, Elena Sidman
Jake Montgomery-Smith

Joseph Barker

Beethoven Quartet opus 130 in B Flat, with the Great Fugue
Mendelssohn Octet for Strings

Beethoven's late quartet op 130 contains every aspect of human expression: veiled mystery, high spirits, biting wit, tender melancholy, deepest sorrow, whitehot rage and delicious comedy. The fugal finale, incomprehensible to contemporary listeners, is now seen as the quartet's crowning glory. Taking up where Beethoven left off, the 16-year-old Mendelssohn also ends his astonishing Octet with a fugue - perhaps the fastest and most exuberant one ever written. Four of Cornwall's brightest young talents join the Dantes to bring the festival to a magnificent close.

Cross the road afterwards for a farewell drink with us in the Bedford Hotel.

Turret Gate