Sunday, 13th January 2019 at 2:30pm in the Eastgate Theatre

Navarra Quartet

Magnus Johnston, violin
Marije Johnston, violin
Sascha Bota, viola
Brian O'Kane, cello


Pēteris Vasks String Quartet No.4
Ravel String Quartet in F major
Schubert String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810
('Death and the Maiden')

Since its formation in 2002, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. They collaborated closely with Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks for their recording of his first three quartets, a recording described by critics as ‘stunning’.

In his fourth quartet, written in 1999, Vasks reflects on the 20th century in sombre mood, but healed by “love’s power and idealism”. The Ravel quartet, suave, sensuous and full of French panache, is one of the most popular chamber works of the 20th century.

The programme ends with one of the greatest and best-loved of all string quartets, which takes its theme from Schubert’s song of the same name, and which was written as Schubert contemplated his own early death.

About the Navarra Quartet

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What Others Are Saying

“The playing is nothing short of sensational, the precision and enormous dynamics absolutely thrilling.” (Yorkshire Post)

Ticket Prices
Adult Non-Members £15 - buy online
The following tickets are only available from the Eastgate Theatre box office
Adult accompanying child under 12 £7
Members of Biggar Music £7
Members of Music in Peebles Free - included in subscription
School pupils FREE
Students under 25 in full-time education FREE

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This concert is subsidised by Enterprise Music Scotland through funding provided by Creative Scotland.