Quartet thrills audience in the church pews
Music lovers packed out the pews in a Bridgnorth church when an internationally acclaimed quartet came to town.
St Mary's Church in collaboration with Shropshire Music Trust welcomed the Carducci Quartet for an evening of classical music and entertainment.
The quartet has already established an international reputation and is largely recognised as one of the most successful in the United Kingdom.
With performances from work composed by Mozart, Robert Schumann and modern composer Philip Glass, the evening began with a number of classics by Mozart's quartet.
This was followed by a contrasting string quartet by Philip Glass before concluding with Robert Schumann's piano quintet.
John Turnock, chairman of St Mary's Concert Committee, said: "Many members of the audience commented at the interval how thrilled they were at the sound produced by the musicians on the night as they had not expected to enjoy this kind of music.
"The piece by Philip Glass had a very rhythmic, syncopated rhythm which really got feet tapping – it was evident during this piece in particular that young members of the audience were moving and bouncing up and down in the church pews with excitement as the pulse and speed increased.
"Claire Hammond was on piano for the final piece and she demonstrated her virtuosity and sensitivity throughout, with amazing balance between the piano and other players.
"The standing ovation at the end of the concert was loud, long and sustained and brought the concert to a thrilling conclusion.
"We have rarely heard such an outstanding group of musicians in concert at Saint Mary's Church and we were thrilled to work in partnership with Shropshire Music Trust in promoting the quartet in the Bridgnorth area."
The Carducci Quartet will be returning to Bridgnorth in May to perform a number of school workshops at Oldbury Wells Comprehensive School and Cressage Primary School.