Albion Quartet
Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Emma Parker violin
Ann Beilby viola
Nathaniel Boyd cello

Haydn String Quartet in D major Op.20 No.4 (26’)
Freya Waley-Cohen Snap Dragon (8’)
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3 in F major Op. 73 (35’)

Total: 69’

Founded by violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, the Albion Quartet unites four outstanding young string players, brought together by a shared belief in the visceral power of the string quartet. Making their Festival debut, the Quartet present a delightful menu of three courses; Haydn’s elegant, effervescent and innately human Op. 20 quartet followed by Freya Waley-Cohen’s Snap Dragon, which mimics its name, spiky and fiery, with complex snaps, cracks and explosions. A defining work, Shostakovich’s Third String Quartet plumbed new depths for the composer and secured his position as one of the greatest quartet writers of the century.

Kindly supported by Elizabeth Jacobs.


Gloucester Cathedral

A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral – one of the finest medieval buildings in the country and steeped in history, from royal coronations and burials to Harry Potter film sets. Begun in 1089 and remodelled over four centuries, its architectural magnificence encompasses Norman and English Gothic styles. The extraordinary fan-faulted medieval cloisters and Great East Window are national treasures and the Lady Chapel houses some of the finest Arts & Crafts glass in the country.

Experience the beautiful Cathedral up close. Take a 360° virtual tour, customised by kind permission of Tetbury-based artist and photographer Maria Stengard-Green for this year’s Cheltenham Music Festival.
Extracts of Fauré’s Requiem courtesy of Hyperion Records.

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