Top Russian ensemble return to Cossington

Bridgwater Mercury: The Dominant Quartet The Dominant Quartet

COSSINGTON Concerts close their tenth anniversary season with a recital from The Dominant Quartet.

The popular Moscow-based string quartet, formed of Elena Revich and Ekaterina Pogodina on the violin, Anna Sazonkina on the viola and Tatiana Egorova playing cello, returns to Cossington for a third time on Saturday (October 27) at 7.30pm to perform in St Mary’s Church.

They rank as one of the foremost Russian string ensembles, and with good reason: it is the epitome of the world famous Russian Quartet School.

Founded 15 years ago, the Dominant Quartet was the brainchild of cellist Valentin Berlinsky, who had been a member of the legendary Borodin Quartet.

After a string of awards, the quartet members began serving as resident performing artists at the Moscow State Philharmonic in 1996.

This will be the last concert to be presented by husband and wife David Goode and Julie Anne Sadie, the outgoing chairman and artistic director of Cossington Concerts.

David and Julie have, with the support of the other trustees of this ambitious music series, delivered recitals, festivals and theatrical performances featuring world class artists for more than a decade.

They have also supported young talent through Cossington Concerts’ Fund for Young Musicians, which has made awards to more than 60 young Somerset musicians in the past five years to a total of £20,000.

While it will not be possible to promote the concert series in 2013, the Fund for Young Musicians will, it is hoped, continue its work of encouraging local young musicians.

Julie said: “This is very much the end of an era, so we hope visitors both old and new will fill the church to capacity to hear this great music and to mark the occasion with us.”

The quartet will perform Mozart’s Hunt, Shostakovich’s Eighth and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.

Tickets for the concert cost £15 and are available by contacting Marian Curry on 01278-683777. Free tickets are available for students under 19 years old if booked in advance.

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