Extra talk on Arcadiana at Eastgate by Gildas Quartet

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A previous winner of the Tunnell Trust Award for Young Musicians, the quartet has performed widely across the UK and Europe, including appearances at Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and on BBC Radio 3.

Included in the performance will be Arcadiana, the first string quartet by British composer Thomas Adès, a fascinating, mysterious and thought-provoking evocation of (in the composer’s words), “the idyll, vanishing, vanished, or imaginary”.

The programme opens with the first of Mozart’s three Prussian quartets, the last works he wrote in this form, and ends with a masterpiece by Grieg, noted for the rich, almost orchestral quality of its sound.

The concert will be preceded by a talk, in which members of the Gildas Quartet will provide an introduction, with musical illustrations, to Arcadiana.

The quartet is made up of Christopher Jones, violin, Florence Cooke, violin (replaces Sophie Cameron, pictured far right), Kay Stephen, viola and Anna Menzies, cello.

The performance is part of the Music in Peebles series

Admission to the talk, which begins at 6.30pm, will be free to all ticket-holders.

Tickets (£14 or £7 if accompanying children under 12) may be obtained by phoning the Eastgate Theatre box office on 01721 725777.