The Heath Quartet launch a new era of Coffee Concerts at the Corn Exchange
2 Nov 2023
Our Coffee Concerts are feeling extra special this year. Not only are they returning to the newly refurbished Corn Exchange, but the multi-award-winning Heath Quartet, who first launched the much-loved series, are kicking off the 2023/24 series.
With five awe-inspiring ensembles performing our Autumn/Winter programme, each season of Coffee Concerts features a mixture of renowned classical ensembles and up and coming musicians playing some of the world’s most beautiful classical music.
The Heath Quartet told us they are “thrilled about returning to the Corn Exchange to give the first concert in this new phase of its history... We couldn't ask for a more perfect backdrop to a programme of music that builds in complexity, starting with less well-known works by Bach, Haydn and Suk, and ending with Ravel's famous quartet - one of our favourites!”
The Heath Quartet. Photography Kaupo Kikkas
The perfect match
What makes this intimate and informal concert series so perfect for the venue are the acoustics and ambience created from the natural light and acoustic setting. Audiences can enjoy drinks and snacks from the new Gallery Bar while soaking up the welcoming and informal atmosphere of these recitals; this is a Sunday morning event through and through!
Gallery Bar. Photography Andy Stagg
No expert? No problem!
One of the wonderful things about Coffee Concerts is that the programme is tailored to welcome classical music newbies, young children and young people as well as the seasoned listeners who can immediately distinguish Bach from Beethoven.
A string to each of their bows
Here's a quick run-down of the events have to offer...
Heath Quartet: spanning different classical music periods featuring some of the most difficult and iconic pieces for a quartet featuring scores by, Bach, Haydn and Ravel.
Adelphi Quartet: a meditative and melancholic collection of pieces, featuring scores by Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven.
Adelphi Quartet. Photographer Roland Unger
Castalian String Quartet: embracing the feisty and adventurous, expect new jazz-inspired work by Mark-Anthony Turnage plus scores by Janáček and Bartok.
Castalian String Quartet. Photographer unknown.
Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective: exhilarating pieces to inspire the next generation of classical musicians, featuring scores by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Edward Elgar, Louise Héritte-Viardot and Johannes Brahms.
Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. Photographers unknown.
Kleio Quartet: refreshing pieces that echo the emergence of Spring, featuring scores by Bartok, Mozart and Mendelssohn.
Kleio Quartet. Photographer unknown.