Carducci Quartet Venue Change
17 Nov 2021

The Carducci String Quartet concert at the Lion Hotel has had to be rescheduled – whilst an annual safety check goes ahead on the 400-year-old historic ballroom roof.

The Carducci String Quartet had been due to perform at The Lion Hotel this Friday, November 19, bringing ‘Vienna to Moscow - Programme 2’ to Shrewsbury, as part of The Shropshire Music Trust’s autumn programme.

Organisers have been forced to switch venues, to St Alkmund’s Church, after a clash with the annual visit to The Lion from a structural engineer to assess the ‘Adam’ ballroom and more tickets are now available.

With its high domed, beautifully patterned ceiling, grand chandeliers and ornate wall panels, the ballroom is used as a function room for weddings, concerts and other events, holding up to 200 people. Hopefully, it’ll get a clean bill of health and be back in action soon!

The concert will now take place at St Alkmund’s Church instead, which is a larger space – so more tickets have been made available for the concert, starting at 7.30pm.

A Shropshire Music Trust spokesman said: "The move to this slightly larger venue means that we now have a few more tickets available for what was a sold-out concert! Don't delay! The first concert was amazing and we fully expect the next one to be the same."

Vienna to Moscow 2 is the second of the Carducci’s three concerts this season. The quartet explores both the chamber music of 18th- and 19th-century Vienna and the brilliance of Shostakovich's writing.

The programme includes a work by the father of the string quartet, Haydn (op.33/2 ‘The Joke’), juxtaposed with one of the 20th century’s greatest quartets – Shostakovitch String Quartet no.8 in C minor and a late Beethoven quartet, String Quartet no.15 in A minor.

The internationally renowned Carducci String Quartet was founded in 1997 - the ensemble has won numerous international competitions, including Concert Artists Guild International Competition USA 2007 and First Prize at Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition 2004.

Tickets cost £19 full price and £9.50 for under 25s. 

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