This is the Quatuor à Cordes de Chartres who came to Binic to play with us this weekend. A colleague who plays with the first violins said it the least rehearsal she had ever had for a concert. It was true; we got the parts sent by email the week before and arrived to find an additional concerto, which none of us had seen before. One three-hour rehearsal Saturday afternoon, a master class for the strings Sunday morning with an hour run-though for full orchestra, then off to the concert hall for a last run though before the concert. That was it. Some of the pieces we had played twice only.
Still it all went well in front of a packed audience and the Quartet were amazing. The picture is their rehearsal in the concert hall before the orchestra got together again. The programme included diverse excerpts from Pachelbel (Canon), Mozart (25th Symphony and Quartet for Strings), Bach (Double Concerto and Concerto for Oboe) Dvorak (String Quartet) and Handel (Water Music). For more on the Quartet see here.