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!”

Four members of the Heath Quartet standing outside - the environment is similar to a large alleyway at the back of a row of shops, with green trees in the background. The floor is tarmac and there are brick buildings with varying doors and canopies either side. From left to right, there is a woman with mousey-brown, long wavy hair looking to her left at the quartet members smiling. She is holding a violin case and dressed in plain, all black clothes and shoes. There is a man slightly taller than her next to her, he has an instrument case backpack on his back and is standing with his hands in his pockets, wearing plain all black clothes and shoes and is facing forward smiling. Next to him is another man around the same height, slightly smaller, leaning on a large cello case with his right arm. He has his feet crossed casually and is smiling, facing forward. He is wearing plain all black clothes and shoes. Next to him is a woman who is his shoulder-height. She has short straight brown hair and an eyebrow-length fringe. She is smiling with her right hand in her pocket and her left arm resting by her side. She has a violin case over her left shoulder, and is wearing plain black clothes and heeled black shoes.

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!

Corn Exchange Gallery Bar. The bar-front is gold with a stone top - along the front of the stone are gold etching of the Prince Regent's horses' names. The walls behind the bar are tiled in black and gold art-deco style small hexagonal tiles. There are four bar service screens along the counter top with plastic Brighton Dome branded wine glasses handing from a display above. There is a golden wall-mounted drinks and glasses stand on the far wall. Above the bar is painted blue with gallery decorative styling. The floor in front of the bar is light wooden panelling.

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.

Free tickets are also available to anyone aged between 8 and 25 years old via the Cavatina Scheme.

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.

Four members of the Adelphi Quartet standing one floor up in an industrial building, the space is an outdoor walkway leading around the building. The building is urban-esque with vines growing up the right hand side. From left to right, a woman looks to her left across to the other quartet members and smiles. She has straight brown, shoulder length hair and is wearing a blue duffle coat. Next to her is a man facing straight on and smiling, he has brown curly hair and facial hair and is wearing glasses, a blue and red striped scarf, blue top and black coat. Next to him is a man facing straight on and smiling, he has short brown hair and facial hair. He is wearing a blue t-shirt, brown stripy scarf and black-grey coat. Next to him is a man looking to the right across at the quartet members. He is wearing a purple scarf, green top and black coat and glasses. All quartet members are of similar height.

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.

Purple background with individual images of the four Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective in the foreground. From left to right, a woman holds a violin to her chest and smiles, looking off to the left. She is wearing a bright yellow long-sleeve top and red lipstick with dangly earrings. She has short pixie-cut brunette hair. Next to her is a man smiling, also looking off to the left. He has short black hair and is wearing a smart navy-blue shirt. Next to him is a woman who is lit in red light from her original photo. She has shoulder length brown hair and is wearing a black top with an over-shirt, holding the top of the cello with her right hand, she looks directly at the camera. Next to her is a woman with long mousy-brown hair and a straight cut fringe. She look just above the camera and is wearing a black long-sleeve top and hold the top of a stringed instrument.

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. Photographers unknown.

Kleio Quartet: refreshing pieces that echo the emergence of Spring, featuring scores by Bartok, Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Studio photo of the four members of Kleio Quartet. They are standing in a staggered pattern and all facing towards the left. The backdrop is plain white but the room is lit in a green hue. From left to right, a woman with medium-long brown hair wearing a crimson shiny blouse. Next to her is a woman with long, straight black hair wearing a green velvet blazer. Next to her is a woman with brunetter hair in an up-do, she is wearing a black coat/ jacket. Next to her is a woman with long dark-brown straight hair which is worn half-up. She has circle drop earrings and is wearing a dark blue shiny shirt.

Kleio Quartet. Photographer unknown.