World famous musicians include Seaton in their final tour

PUBLISHED: 10:19 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:19 25 January 2018

The Schubert Ensemble.

The Schubert Ensemble.

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The Schubert Ensemble to perform in Seaton for the last time, tonight.

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After a 35-year career as one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings, The Schubert Ensemble will celebrate its final season in 2017/18, writes Peter Dawson.

As part of their final tour, the Ensemble will return to the Gateway in Seaton one last time for a Seaton Music concert today (Thursday, January 25).

The concert is supported by the Exeter & District Classical Music Trust and Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors - and the programme will include a new work by the young British composer Charlotte Bray (Zustände for piano quartet) as well as Brahms’ Piano Quartet No 3 in C minor and Dvorak’s Piano Quartet No 2 in E flat.

The Ensemble particularly wanted to include Seaton in its final tour as it had so enjoyed coming to the resort in the past.

The Seaton concert will be one of around fifty concerts in the UK and abroad before it returns to its London home for a farewell concert at the Wigmore Hall, in March.

Remarkably, three members of the group will have played together for all 35 years, while the Ensemble has been unchanged for the last 23 years.

On Friday morning, January 26, the musicians will visit St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Axminster for a workshop (kindly sponsored by the Schubert Ensemble Trust and the Norman Family Trust).

Bringing together the very best musicians with local schools is an important part of Seaton Music’s work and the Schubert Ensemble is very pleased to be able to fit this workshop into its busy schedule, which takes them the same day to the Castle Hotel in Taunton, where they will play no fewer than eight piano quartets between Friday evening and Sunday.

The Ensemble’s busy final season includes return visits not only to Seaton but also to Romania and Luxembourg and two tours of the USA.

Speaking about the Ensemble’s final season, founder William Howard said: “We are thrilled to have such an exciting season ahead. It will be one of mixed emotions, as we visit some wonderful venues for the last time, say goodbye to many promoters who have become good friends to the Ensemble, and perform many of our favourite pieces for the final time together. But it was very much our intention that the Ensemble should finish in celebratory style and we look forward to enjoying our remaining concerts to the full and finishing on a high.”

The Schubert Ensemble is at The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, today, at 7.30pm.

Tickets: £14 (under-18s and students free) - from Box Office in person or by phone: 01297 625699, online at seatongateway.co.uk or at the door tonight.

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