Forde Abbey Concert Society
Forde Abbey is host to one of the country’s most prestigious chamber music series, the Forde Abbey Concert Society. 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.
All concerts start at 7.30pm and tickets costs £20 each. The bar will be open from 6.30pm and drinks will be served during the interval. Members are welcome to picnic in the gardens.
It is advisable to book early as tickets sell out fast. If you are not already a member, but are interested in joining the Forde Abbey Concert Society (membership is free), please contact Forde Abbey’s Estate Office on 01460 220231 during office hours, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
The 2013 concert season will again comprise four concerts, which will bring together some of the world’s leading musicians for highlights from the chamber music repertoire.
The 2013 concert programme is now available:
Thursday 9th May
Kungsbacka Trio – Following their first concert in Sweden in 1997, the Kungsbacka Trio were selected as BBC New Generation Artists, since when they have remained at the top of the international circuit. They will play Beethoven’s Archduke Trio as well as trios by Ravel and Haydn.
Thursday 13th June
Sacconi Quartet – Described by The Times as a “fast-rising British string quartet… fresh and distinctive” their appearance in our series is long overdue. The programme comprises 3 Noveletten by Frank Bridge, followed by Mozart’s G Minor Quintet and Beethoven’s Opus 132.
Saturday 27th July
Andreas Haefliger – Following his stunning recital at Forde Abbey in 2010, Andreas Haefliger was acclaimed in the press as one of the most important pianists on the circuit today. He returns to Forde Abbey to play Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata and Schubert’s G Major Sonata D894.
Thursday 19th September
The Orlando Consort – This programme is a musical paean to food and its delights. The songs, written between 1250 and 1550 in six European countries, demonstrate how composers intertwined beguiling melodies with sophisticated harmonies and rhythms in praise of food and wine.
Invitations and booking forms for the 2013 season will be sent out in late February/early March 2013.