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Arditti Quartet

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Sat 2 Apr 2022, 2pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Arditti Quartet

The Arditti Quartet, champions of contemporary chamber music for over 40 years, perform UK premieres from Betsy Jolas, Tansy Davies and Christian Mason.

Founded in 1974 with a mission to champion and enrich contemporary chamber music, the Arditti Quartet performs works written especially for them in this concert.

Three UK premieres, including two Southbank Centre co-commissions, are at the centre.

Aged 95, Betsy Jolas has been praised by The Times for her ‘sly sense of humour with a musical style to match’.

Her latest quartet takes wing alongside a new commission from Tansy Davies, whose celebrated opera Between Worlds movingly imagined the last hours of those who lost their lives in 9/11.

Christian Mason, winner of the 2015 Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Composer Prize, has written a new quartet for the Ardittis, his works described as ‘astonishingly inventive and powerful, generating a searing, hypnotic intensity’ by The Strad.

Finally, Clara Maida’s …das spinnt… is ‘a spidery, dense and elastic work whose ‘filaments never stop intertwining’ in a hypnotic spiral of kinetic energy’, says Bachtrack.

Performers
  • Arditti String Quartet
Repertoire
  • Christian Mason: This present moment used to be the unimaginable future (UK premiere)
  • Clara Maïda: ... das spinnt for amplified string quartet
  • Interval
  • Betsy Jolas: String Quartet No.8 (Topeng) (UK premiere)
  • Tansy Davies: Nightingales: Ultra-Deep Field (UK premiere)

Dates & times

Sat 2 Apr 2022, 2pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 30 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entryFrom £15*
  • Concessions25%**


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Classical Music: Spring/Summer 2022

As part of our classical music multi-buy offer, book multiple Spring/Summer concerts in the same transaction to receive a discount:

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  • 11 – 14 events: 25% discount
  • 15+ events: 30% discount

Discounts apply to selected events from February until June 2022 inclusive. Offer can't be combined with Autumn/Winter multi-buy.

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Venue

Purcell Room

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Frequently asked questions

Get an overview of the seating layout of the Purcell Room by downloading our seating plan.

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Toilets

An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The phone outside the Changing Places toilet will connect you with a member of staff, who can provide you with the key. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

Cloakroom

The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the venues, so please leave large bags at home.

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Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

Please bear with us while we update our access map to reflect the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall’s Level 2 foyer spaces. The step-free routes remain the same.

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