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Spektrix Ref 1: PQ21


1 October | 19.45 | £20


Michael Trainor - violin

Zara Benyounes - violin

Tetsuumi  Negata  - viola

Jessie Anne Richardson  - cello


Anna Appleby (b. 1993) - Dust Mouth (World Premiere) 2021  (c. 7 minutes)
Felix Mendelssohn  - Quartet in F minor 1847 (c. 28 minutes)
Antonín Dvořák  - American Quartet in F major 1893 (c. 28 minutes)
The Piatti Quartet are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, they have performed in all the major venues and festivals around the country as well as concerts throughout the world. 
Dvořák's much loved 'American' Quartet was composed In 1893 when Dvořák left Europe to take up a new position teaching at the recently founded National Conservatory of Music of America in New York. Dvořák had already become fascinated with the songs of African Americans and Native Americans, along with folk songs of Irish and Scottish immigrant populations. Although Dvořák does not directly quote any folk songs in the quartet, it clearly shows some reference to their styles. Incredibly, Dvořák apparently sketched the outline of the work in just three days, starting on 8 June, and completing the whole work by the end of the month. He wrote on the manuscript: ‘Thanks be to the Lord God. I am satisfied. It went quickly.

Mendelssohn's F minor quartet, his last completed work, expresses his rage and despair at the loss of his beloved sister who died from a massive stroke. It is a work of unprecedented intensity and turbulence, arguably his most impassioned and tragic work with extreme contrasts, bursts of violence, ghostly dances and a warm, nostalgic song-without-words forming the Adagio.


The Piatti's programme opens with the world premiere of Anna Appleby's Dust Mouth, a 7 minute work written for the Quartet during lockdown. Newcastle-born Anna is currently composer-in-residence at Glyndebourne (2019 - 2021). Naturally collaborative, her output includes opera, orchestral, chamber and dance works for artists including Rambert Dance Company, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Singers and she has created pieces for the Southbank Centra and National River Theatre Stage. 
Anna writes:
'Dust Mouth was inspired by the libretto written by poet Niall Campbell for our opera collaboration on the theme of drought. I based the rhythms of the quartet on his words (including 'My mouth is full of dust') and these motifs formed the spine of the piece. The opera will be premiered in 2022 by the BBC Philharmonic and RNCM singers so it is wonderful that this companion piece will have its premiere first.'

'The Piatti demonstrate acute sensitivity to mood and texture ...played with absolute authority and conviction'




  • Please note that this concert starts at 19:45. It lasts approximately 70 minutes and is performed without an interval

  • This event includes an optional pre-concert talk (£3 per person) at 19:00 given by Stapleford Granary CEO Kate Romano (please add to basket when purchasing concert ticket)

  • Everyone is welcome to stay and meet the artist after the concert in our welcoming foyer

  • Covid19 - Concerts in September and October will be sold at 2/3 capacity to allow for some distancing between seats. Please click here for full details 


18.45 Bar Opens

19.00 Pre-concert talk

19.45 Concert 

21.00 Post-Concert bar and chat with the artists