On 20-22 May 2016 the Sacconi Quartet will host their ninth Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone, Kent.
With this year’s festival centered around the theme of the ‘Ensemble’, the jam-packed weekend will include five concerts, a church service, a guided tour and educational outreach work within local schools. Demonstrating the quartet’s commitment to the next generation of musicians, the festival welcomes a viola quartet and a hand-picked string orchestra of musicians from the Royal College of Music.
The first concert of the festival will include the world premiere of a brand new work for tenor and string quartet by Jonathan Dove called In Damascus, performed by the Sacconi Quartet and tenor Mark Padmore. The text, taken from a poem by Syrian poet Ali Safar, looks directly and unwaveringly at the plight of the people caught up in the Syrian conflict. In Damascus will also be performed at Kings Place in London for the Sacconi Quartet’s 15th Birthday concert on 13th July 2016.
This year’s festival will also feature a ‘Viola Invasion‘, featuring ten of the country’s top viola players in a viola octet, duet, solos and more, all written for the legendary viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis.
In anticipation of the festival, the Sacconi Quartet have created some videos talking about the weekend’s events, the concerts on offer, and the special link they have with Folkestone.