Starting the day with Brahms

Coffee With Brahms offers a civilised way to start the day on selected mornings during the Chichester Festivities.

All concerts take place in Vicars’ Hall, Cathedral Green at 10.30am and feature expositions by Roderick Swanston.

Roderick said: “As in previous composer series, the aim is to present a representative selection of a composer’s chamber music alongside some works that were contemporary and were in some way either indebted to Brahms, or connected or contrasted to Brahms.

“This year I propose amongst the contextual works two English works (Stanford String Quartet No1 and Parry’s Violin Sonata in D) that owe a good deal to Brahms’ model but which are gloriously individual at the same time. I have also included two rare string quartets by German contemporaries of Brahms. No one will regret the return of the wonderful Rheinberger Piano

Quartet which was such a hit nearly ten years ago in Chichester.”

The series is:

Wednesday, June 29: Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor Op.60; Rheinberger Piano Quartet in E flat major. The Fidelio Piano Quartet: Tamas Andras violin, Sarah-Jane Bradley viola, Gemma Rosefield cello, Michael Dussek piano.

Thursday June 30: Stanford String Quartet No.1 in G (1891); Wolf Italian Serenade in G; Brahms String Quartet in C minor Op.51 No.1. The Silk Street Quartet: Richard Blayden

violin, Gabrielle Painter violin, Nancy Johnson viola, Joely Koos cello.

Friday, July 1: Brahms String Quartet in A minor Op.51 No.2; Gernsheim String Quartet No.2 in A minor Op.31. The Schulten Quartet: Ruth Schulten violin, Takane Funatsu violin, Philip Hall viola, Michael Atkinson cello.

Wednesday, July 6: Parry Violin Sonata in D (1889); Brahms Klavierstücke Op.118 (selection);

Brahms Violin Sonata in G Op.78. Viv McLean piano, David Le Page violin.

Thursday, July 7: Brahms String Quartet in B flat major Op.67; Herzogenberg String Quartet Op.18 in D minor. The Tippett Quartet: John Mills violin, Jeremy Isaac violin, Julia O’Riordan viola, Bozidar Vukotic cello.

Friday, July 8. Herzogenberg String Trio Op.27 No.1 in A major; Brahms Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor Op.115. The Chamber Players: Jessica Lee clarinet,

Susanna Candlin violin, John Mills violin, Cian O’Duill viola, Sarah Butcher cello.

£14 (each concert) or series ticket for six concerts £72.

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