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Pittville Pump Room
|British Quartets: The Castalian Quartet at the Cheltenham Music Festival|
|This Cheltenham Festival concert featured three British string quartets by Hugh Wood, Michael Nyman and Giles Swayne. Swayne and Wood were both present at the concert and gave an introductory talk providing context for their works. Swayne said in the talk that ‘music should be unpredictable to keep the listener interested’. And appropriately, although we knew the programme for the evening, the pieces by Wood and Swayne are not frequently performed and therefore added a feel of the unknown and the new. This was by no means an easy listening concert, but nor was it unpleasant.|
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