8th International London String Quartet Competition 11-16 April 2000
The sumptuously ornate Goldsmiths' Hall close by St Paul's Cathedral (well worth a visit on its own account) is host all this week to one of the world's most prestigious string quartet competitions, which is held only triennially.
There is no better way to sharpen your listening skills than by hearing a sequence of expert ensembles in succession in the same venue. It is also extremely enjoyable, even if an endurance marathon for the judges - 23 quartets from 15 countries to be evaluated by a distinguished international jury.
Sampling the first round, we have heard strong contenders from Finland, USA and Canada - today there are competitors from France, Poland, Romania, Japan, Kazakhstan and the People's Rpublic of China! A report will follow after the semi-finals (Friday & Saturday) and finals (all Beethoven, on Sunday).
An opportunity not to be missed - and three years to wait for the next one!
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Peter Grahame Woolf
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