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Formed under the midnight sun in the Lofoten Islands in 2006, the Engegård Quartet has become one of Norway's most sought after ensembles. 

Their bold, fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire combined with a deep attachment to their native roots has attracted international acclaim and inspired some innovative partnerships and programming. For tonight's concert they bring with them one of Norway's leading Hardanger fiddlers Nils Økland to provide a Scandinavian counterpart to one of the masterworks of the string quartet tradition, Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden'.

Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor (1894) - 'Death and the Maiden'
Mortensen Telemark Quintet for Hardanger Fiddle and String Quartet (2019)

Traditional Norwegian folk tunes and compositions by Nils Økland.

Keeping to the same format as the two opening events in the 2021/22 season, this concert will be slightly shorter with no interval, and seating will be 1 metre physically distanced. Read The Queen's Hall's safety measures in full here.

New Town Concerts gratefully acknowledges that they have received financial support from Chamber Music Scotland through funding provided by Creative Scotland.

They also gratefully acknowledge funding for this concert from the Dunard Fund and Penpoint Charitable Trust and from individual donors.

Presented by New Town Concerts


Engegård String Quartet with Nils Økland

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