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The Forde Ensemble

June 22 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Forde Abbey is host to one of the country’s most prestigious chamber music series. The Great Hall has ideal acoustics for chamber music and has often been used for recording purposes. It is also a wonderful venue for concerts, which take place during the summer months. Each season Forde Abbey attracts artists of an international level for a varied programme of music.

Concert Dates:

Albion Quartet
Thursday 25th May

Four outstanding players have recently formed the Albion Quartet; Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Emma Parker, Rosalind Ventris and Nathaniel Boyd. To anybody familiar with these names, this is an exciting prospect. They will play Haydn Op. 20, No.2, Dvořák’s Tenth Quartet, Op.51, The Slavonic, and they are joined by Douglas Paterson for Beethoven’s String Quintet in C, Op.29, The Storm.

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The Forde Ensemble
Thursday 22nd June

In 2000 the distinguished record producer, Erik Smith, invited a group of leading string players to perform in the glorious acoustic of Forde Abbey. They have continued to come together on a regular basis since then at Forde Abbey and Cranbourne Farm to play some of the great string ensemble repertoire. This year the programme will included Mozart’s C major Viola Quintet, K515 and Brahms 2nd String Sextet in G major.

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Melvyn Tan
Thursday 20th July

In the 1980s Melvyn Tan became internationally recognised for his pioneering performances on the fortepiano, and to the public at large he was known as the elegant and brilliant performer of the Carl Davis score for BBC’s Pride and Prejudice. He is now also known as one of the great interpreters of a wide range of repertoire on the modern piano, particularly Chopin and early Twentieth Century French music.  His programme will include Scarlatti Sonatas, Beethoven’s Op.110, a beautiful piece by Jonathan Dove and Chopin’s 24 Prelude.

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Elias Quartet
Thursday 7th September

Since their last visit here in 2010, the Elias Quartet’s international reputation has continued to grow, with tours this year including the USA, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Holland. Last year BBC Radio 3 broadcast their epic cycle of Beethoven Quartets from Wigmore Hall. Their programme will be Schubert’s Quartettsatz and the Brahms A minor Quartet, concluding with Dvořák’s Quartet No.14 in Ab major, Op.105.

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Concerts start at 7.30pm.
Hall doors open at 6.30pm. The Bar will be open from 6.30pm and drinks will also be served during the interval.

Members are welcome to picnic in the gardens before the concert.  The Tea Room door will also be open from 6pm for those who prefer to picnic inside or in the case of inclement weather.

The Forde Abbey Concert Society is a non-profit making organisation run with the aim of bringing the best possible concerts to Dorset for the enjoyment of its members.

To become a member of the Forde Abbey Concert Society and for all enquiries please contact:

The Secretary: Forde Abbey Concert Society, Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset  TA20 4LU

Telephone enquiries: 01460 220231 Monday – Friday during office hours.




June 22
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Forde Abbey
Forde Abbey
Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU United Kingdom
01460 220231


Forde Abbey
01460 220231