The Elias String Quartet

7.45pm SATURDAY 20th JULY 2019


The Elias String Quartet

Sara Bitlloch – violin
Donald Grant – violin
Simone van der Giessen – viola
Marie Bitlloch – cello

Joseph Haydn: String quartet in G major op. 33. no. 5
Sally Beamish: String quartet no.3 – Reed Stanzas*
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 131

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The Elias String Quartet take their name from Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, of which Elias is its German form, and have quickly established themselves as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation. The Quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where they worked closely with the late Dr. Christopher Rowland. They also spent a year studying at the Hochschule in Cologne with the Alban Berg quartet. Other mentors in the Quartet’s studies include Peter Cropper, Hugh Maguire, György Kurtág, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Henri Dutilleux and Rainer Schmidt.

The Elias was chosen to participate in BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists’ scheme and was also a recipient of a 2010 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. They have performed at some of the world’s most prestigious chamber venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Washington Library of Congress, the Vienna Musikverein, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Wigmore Hall in London. They recently returned to the US for a tour, visiting Napa Valley, New Orleans, Appleton, Harvard and New York, as well as further performances across Europe in Heide, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Rapperswil, Weesp, Verona and Perugia.

*Sally Beemish’s ‘Reed Stanzas’ replaces the previously advertised Matthew Hindson Quartet piece. Reed Stanzas was written for The Elias String Quartet and premiered at the 2011 BBC Proms.


Delicious food and drink is available at all concerts as well as a limited number of post concert suppers at the nearby Old Vicarage where you can dine with the musicians. Go to the HOSPITALITY page for details…