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Astaria quartet ready to impress on Friday

Worcester Editorial 20th Apr, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

THE ASTARIA String Quartet, The Huntingdon Hall’s Quartet in Residence, is preparing to present Act II of their Lyrical Liaisons programme, which promises to take audiences on a roller coaster ride of human emotions.

With Shulah Oliver and Kelly McCusker on violins, Kate Bickerdike on viola, and Sean Gilde on ‘cello, they are one of the country’s finest and most exciting string quartets.

Their latest concert is an exploration of human emotion. Love can be a wonderful thing but comes with a whole range of feelings, from delight, tenderness and sheer happiness to angst, longing and despair.

These feelings are perfectly captured by Mendelssohn in his Quartet in A minor op.13 and Dvorak’s beautiful yet rarely heard Cypresses.

Schubert’s struggles in composing the Rosamunde Quartet are well documented, but he still manages to navigate the listener deftly through the deeply emotional roots of the piece, starting with a feeling of anxiety and hopelessness and ending with joyful optimism.

Astaria String Quartet: Lyrical Liaisons – Act II will be at Huntingdon Hall on Friday, April 22 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £13.50 (concessions £8) available from the Box Office on 01905 611427 or visit

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