Picnic Concert in Cheddington
Last Sunday the string quartet played what was the most local date of the year, being a three minute walk down the road in the village of Cheddington in Buckinghamshire. The event was a charity concert/picnic in a beautiful location with a stunning garden (which members of the audience enjoyed before and during the concert).
There were two halves to the concert: the first was more formal, with the audience giving their attention to the performance, whereas the second half was more relaxed with the audience able to enjoy a combination of music, food and conversation (not forgetting the all important element of wine!).
In the first half we offered performances of Haydn’s String Quartet in D (Op. 64 No. 5) entitled ‘The Lark’ and Mozart’s String Quartet in G (K. 387). Despite the windy conditions (the gazebo did a fine job in shielding us from much of this) as well as the inevitable noise from occasional nearby traffic and planes, the performances flowed with a sparkle and spontaneity which both players and audience enjoyed.
After being treated to strawberries and cream by our host, we resumed with a lighter set of more modern numbers which got the picnic well under way and hopefully left everybody feeling cheerful!
I believe the event was also a financial success with some money being raised for a national charity as well as our local church.