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Classical Music 20/11/09

By Rathcol

It’s not often a small County Down village acts as host to one of the great British string quartets of our time.

But in Portaferry tonight at 7.30pm when the Chilingirian String Quartet (pictured) performs in the local Presbyterian Church.

To sustain the church in its original 1840s neo-classical splendour, a group of enthusiastic entrepreneurs have promoted several concerts in it, and tonight’s Chilingirian performance is the latest in the series.

According to the late architectural historian Sir Charles Brett, the church is amongst the “most distinguished buildings in the county.” |You could say the same about the playing of the Chilingirians.

Their programme will include Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major Opus 71, No. 2 and Bartok’s String Quartet No 6.

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