Pavel Haas Quartet Tour DiaryBy PavelHaasQuartet
Birmingham – 19th Oct
Our first UK date on the tour. Birmingham is very close to our hearts, and in on one of these photos you will see some very dear friends of ours who have supported our quartet since the beginning. We performed the Beethoven Op. 130 quartet, with the Grosse Fugue. This is still a very scary piece of music – especially to play!
Nottingham – 20th October
This picture is of Petr and I in Nottigham with Krzysztof Chorzelski who is the viola player from Belcea Quartet – he is travelling up to Glasgow with us to join us for the String Quintet by Dvořák. We also had a rehearsal in Wigmore hall yesterday. The amazing Piano duo Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore will also be joining us for the Glasgow concert, which is a celebration of Dvorak’s music.
The Nottinghan concert went very well – we performed the 1st Quartet by Pavel Haas (our namesake). We are very keen to bring this composer’s music to as many new ears as possible!
Glasgow – 23rd October
A great concert, and for once we managed to have some time off to go shopping in Glasgow! We have been here many times, but it’s not often that we appreciate how great the city centre is! We spent some very nice time with Krzysztof Chorzelsky,who played Dvorak’s viola quintet op.97 with us. Unfortunately, during the concert, Krzysztof’s G string went completely out of tune and almost broke! The Dvorak celebration went very well, and afterwards we all went for dinner at .
Bakewell – 26th October
On Wednesday we played a concert in Cavendish Hall in Bakewell. After Tuesday’s Wigmore hall concert it was such a big change!! We came to Bakewell direct from central London and suddenly after 2 hours journey we were in the middle of beautiful nature. Among the fields and meadows with sheep,horses and cattle….concert was really great, because there was full hall of friendly people,who wanted to listen such a nice music like Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Dvořák!And such great hospitality!! There’s a pic of Eva on stage with the lamp-stand, and in another pic of Eva and Veronika with the starry sky back drop. We slept in houses of two families built up in 17th century… Now we are back in London and we miss the silence of the countryside!