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Sunday 30 June 2024, 4pm

Adelphi Quartet

Adelphi Quartet

Presented by Saffron Hall

Part of Young Artist Concerts

Tickets from £15

Price includes a commission of £1.00

Purcell was one of Britten’s heroes and nowhere is this more evident than in the Second String Quartet (written for the Purcell 350th anniversary celebrations). Music of translucent, hypnotic beauty, it culminates in an expansively flowing finale following the course of a simple repeating bass pattern so often employed by the English baroque master.

Hearing Purcell’s exquisite, intricate four-part Fantasias (originally written for viols) alongside it is illuminating – three centuries apart, they share an elegant simplicity and heartfelt directness, seeming to spring from the same musical source. All subsequent writers of string quartets owe a debt to Haydn, who elevated the format from salon music trinkets with a prodigious output that combined consummate craftsmanship with expressive depth. The pan-European Adelphi Quartet won second prize and Esterházy Foundation Prize at the prestigious Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition

Performance information

Running time

1 hour

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old

Booking information

Seating style

This event has tiered stalls and balcony seating

Ten for £10

This event is part of our Ten for £10 scheme. We will release ten £10 tickets for sale at 10am on the morning of this performance.


Shuttle bus

The shuttle bus won't be running for this event

Programme and performers


  • Haydn String Quartet No.19 in C minor, Op.17 No.4 (H. 3/28)
  • Purcell Fantasias in 4 parts
  • Britten String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36


  • Adelphi Quartet

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Information for your visit

Sunday 30 June 2024, 4pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

When to arrive

3pm - 3.45pm
We have over 400 free parking spots for anyone driving.

Foyer opens

Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts




Show ends

5pm (approx)

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old


Saffron Hall

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH


Shuttle bus

The shuttle bus won't be running for this performance
More info

Additional information


For this event, you're welcome to bring drinks purchased from our bar into the event with you.


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

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