New season of Lewes concerts

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The Nicholas Yonge Society’s new season of concerts starts on Friday, October 26 at 7.45pm at the Sussex Downs College in Lewes

Spokesman Michael Marwood said: “Two outstanding groups the Aurora Ensemble (pictured) and the Sacconi Quartet have joined forces to perform two wonderful works, Beethoven Septet and Schubert Octet.

“Beethoven wrote the Septet in 1800. It is a light-hearted work in the spirit of the 18th century serenade. Schubert was much influenced by Beethoven’s Septet when composing his Octet which he completed in 1824. Both works are in six movements and both are scored for clarinet, horn, bassoon, contrabass and strings.

“The Aurora Ensemble were prizewinners at the European chamber music competition Musique d’Ensemble held at the Paris Conservatoire in 2001. They have performed in many major venues and festivals including the Wigmore Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Cardiff’s St. David’s Hall.

“The Sacconi Quartet has enjoyed a highly-successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and radio broadcasts. The Quartet is renowned for its vigorous and individual approach to music-making and to date, they have given 15 world premières and three British premières.

Details of the concert at nyslewes.org.uk. Tickets £14 from localboxoffice.com, at the door or in person from Lewes Travel.