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Brodsky Quartet with Danny Driver

Tuesday 12th July
Stoke Climsland Church


Brodsky Quartet, Danny Driver (piano)

Haydn - String Quartet op 54 no 2 in C
Ravel - String Quartet in F
Dvorak - Piano Quintet in A

Haydn’s magical string quartet in C major, 250 years old but still startling to modern ears, opens with an exuberant flourish and ends with an intimate whisper. Ravel’s quartet is one of the best-loved pieces in the repertoire, as is Dvorak’s joyous piano quintet, full of folk melodies, which we are delighted to play with celebrated pianist Danny Driver.

Join us at the Old School for a drink after the concert, to celebrate the opening of the Dante Festival.

Tickets £18, including a glass of wine; under-16’s free BOOK ONLINE


Wednesday 13th July
Lavethan Concert Barn, Blisland

Lavethan landscape

An afternoon and evening in the magical setting of Lavethan, an intimate concert hall in the grounds of an ancient manor house surrounded by huge trees with spectacular views across the valley to Lavethan Wood. If the weather is fine, you are welcome to bring a picnic, have a cup of tea and explore the extensive gardens.

BRODSKY OPEN REHEARSAL – exploring Beethoven

Find out how the quartet prepares for a concert, ask questions and get insights into the music direct from the players. Sparks may fly!

Tickets £5 (under-16’s free), all proceeds in aid of Blisland Church BOOK ONLINE


Thirty minutes of sparkling short pieces, originally for piano, arranged for string quartet by the Brodskys. The audience will include children who have been playing music with us during the afternoon.



Basil Bunelik’s group DRUZBA (Ukrainian for Friendship) - accordion, vocals, fiddle and guitar - presents an eclectic mix of songs and dances from Eastern Europe.

Proceeds from this evening will support refugees from Ukraine.


Tickets £18 for Encores and Cabaret, including a glass of wine; under-16’s free BOOK ONLINE


Thursday 14th July

St Mary Magdalene Church, Launceston

St. Mary Magdalene Church


The Brodsky Quartet unravels some enigmas in Beethoven and Shostakovich’s music


Brodsky Quartet

Borodin - Scherzo
Beethoven - Quartet in F, op 135
Shostakovich – Quartet no. 14 in F#, op 142
Khatchaturian – Sabre Dance (arr. Brodsky Quartet)

In the ancient grandeur of St Mary Magdalene Church, two fascinating quartets, both written near the end of the composers’ lives. Dedicated to his great friend the cellist Shirinsky, Shostakovich’s fourteenth quartet opens with a lively dance which gradually expands into an ecstatic aria for the cello. Beethoven begins his final quartet with an animated conversation between the four instrumentalists – what are they discussing? – while in the slow movement, with its heartbreakingly beautiful theme, he seems to bid a loving farewell to the world. We finish with a high-energy workout in Khatchaturian’s famous Sabre Dance.

Tickets £18, including the pre-concert talk; under-16’s free BOOK ONLINE

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


Friday 15th July
St. Endellion Church


Festival Tea in the Church Hall


Ligeti’s horn trio is the equivalent of the Iron Man challenge for musicians. Our three artists take you on a tour of an extraordinary musical landscape, illustrating its hilarious complexities with live demonstrations – an indispensable guide to the evening’s performance!


Krysia, Danny and Ben

Krysia Osostowicz (violin), Danny Driver (piano), Ben Goldscheider (horn)

Beethoven – Sonata for violin and piano in G, op 96
Ligeti – Trio for violin, horn and piano, “Hommage a Brahms”
Brahms – Horn Trio in Eb major, op 40

Krysia Osostowicz, leader of the Brodsky Quartet, is delighted to welcome two wonderful musicians, both celebrated as international soloists with the world’s great orchestras, who also share a passion for chamber music.

Brahms’ deeply personal horn trio, written following the death of his mother, travels from profound melancholy to triumphant energy. Ligeti’s ground-breaking work tests the performers to their limits, including not only microtones but crazy salsa rhythms, and culminating in a searing lament - while the radiant sounds of Beethoven’s final sonata for violin and piano seem to point the way towards Paradise.

From 5.00pm: Festival Tea, Pre-Concert Talk & Concert : Standard : £23.00, Under16s : £5.00
From 6.15pm : Pre-Concert Talk & Concert : Standard : £18.00, Under16s : Free but please book a ticket


Lavethan Barn

Saturday 16th July
Lavethan Concert Barn, Blisland

From 11am
Coffee and Cake

Enjoy exploring the beautiful gardens at Lavethan


Nova Ensemble

Nova Ensemble
Angus Webster piano, Elena Sidman violin, Jake Montgomery-Smith viola, Joseph Barker cello
with Ben Goldscheider horn and Katya Driver oboe

Mozart - Quartet for oboe and strings
Mozart – Quintet for horn and strings
Brahms – Piano Quartet in A, op 26

Meet the Nova Ensemble, four delightful young musicians from Cornwall who have played chamber music together since childhood, and are attracting attentio0n nationwide. Their spontaneous rapport and love of music comes across in sparkling and thoughtful performances. Mozart’s lively quintet together with celebrated horn virtuoso Ben Goldscheider followed by Brahms at his most sunlit and joyous.

Tickets £14, including coffee and cake (under-16’s free) BOOK ONLINE

For lunch after the concert, bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden at Lavethan, grab a delicious crab sandwich at the Blisland Inn or stock up on fresh food and local crafts at the thriving Community Store.

St. Petroc's Church, Bodmin

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Carn to CoveASONE


Brodsky Quartet, Danny Driver (piano), East Cornwall Youth String Orchestra, Trigg Strings

Turina – Bullfighter’s Prayer
Sarasate – Two Spanish Dances: Playera and Zapateado
Pablo Casals – Song of the Birds
Britten – Simple Symphony
Elgar – Piano Quintet in E minor

The Brodskys begin with a dazzling array of quartet pieces evoking the sounds of Spain, followed by Britten’s Simple Symphony with the highly talented East Cornwall Youth Orchestra. Written in the early 1930’s, this delightful work uses themes that Britten had composed as a teenager. Soon afterwards, Britten would write his Ballad for Heroes, an impassioned tribute to those who went to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

In Elgar’s great Piano Quintet, a ghostly theme depicts the legend of a group of Spanish monks who, for their misdeeds, were turned into a set of bizarrely  twisted trees which Elgar could see at the bottom of his garden at Brinkwells. In the finale, however, the mists clear and a great wave of noble melody transports us triumphantly to the end of this year’s Dante Festival.

Bodmin League of Friends

This concert supports Bodmin Hospital League of Friends 

Tickets £16 (family members of ECYSO £6, under-16’s free) BOOK ONLINE