MUSIC-lovers in Dorset and Somerset missed the annual Sherborne Abbey Music Festival, thanks to the pandemic, but there is good news for fans of the Iuventus String Quartet, who are giving a concert online on Monday 23rd November.
Led by Ruth Rogers, from Shaftesbury, the Iuventus Quartet was formed in 2003 and has since excited music critics both in the UK and abroad. “Technical ease, sensitivity to style, elegance in phrasing and excellence in intonation” commented The Strad.
Sherborne-educated Ruth Rogers, who is artistic advisor to Sherborne Abbey Festival, is one of this country’s finest young violinists, in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader.
The Iuventus’ programme begins with Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 8, a dark and brooding piece of music which represents struggle and suffering – an appropriate choice at this difficult time. This is followed by Dvorak’s American Quartet, which offers hope and positivity as a contrast to the atmosphere of the Shostakovich. It represents new beginnings and the reassurance that life goes on no matter what has happened. There are some wonderful tunes and the music has an infectious exuberance and enthusiasm.
The concert begins at 7pm and will be available for 14 days, to 7th December at 7pm. For bookings, visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/lRMCPLpbyakE