Mill House Quartet

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  TUESDAY 10th MAY at 12.30pm


Suzannah Hart (Clarinet)
Chris Shelley (Violin)
John Saunders (Viola)
Tricia Kennedy (Cello)

Waltz and Gallop Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Quartet Carl STAMITZ (1745-1801)
Gavotte I and II J.S. BACH (1685-1750)
Ragtime Dance Scott JOPLIN (1867-1917)
English Country Gardens Traditional
Aria J.S. BACH
Moonlight Serenade Glenn MILLER (1904-1944)
Adagio Cantabile (from Quartet no.1) François DEVIENNE (1759-1803)
Finale (from String Quartet op.50, no.1) Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809

We hope you will join us after the concert for a cup of tea or coffee. If you have brought lunch, you are welcome to eat it either during or after the concert.

Admission: £3 suggested minimum donation

All proceeds to St. Mary’s Organ Restoration Fund


The Mill House Quartet is a group of players formed from members of the Dacorum Symphony Orchestra, one of the most well established orchestras in the area, which performs regularly in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead.

They all live locally, with day jobs unconnected with music. They are drawn together not only by a love of music, but also by a shared penchant for red wine and chocolate cake, which have become regular features at their rehearsals!

Indeed, they could justifiably be described as stalwarts of the local classical music scene, playing regularly in various groups around Hertfordshire, not least here at St. Mary's. Regular concertgoers here will certainly have heard Suzannah in her other guise as a soprano with the Hemel Hempstead Singers. John also recently performed here, as soloist in a Viola Concerto by Telemann. Chris, too, has performed in several St. Mary’s events.

The most common form of quartet is, of course, the string quartet, with two violins, viola and cello, for which more music has been written than for any other chamber group. But the clarinet has a very similar range to a violin, and fits very well with strings, whilst of course adding its own dimension in terms of sound and texture. It is not surprising, therefore, that many composers have used it when they wished to mix strings and wind, usually to marvellous effect.

For this concert, the Mill House Quartet has devised a programme to include a wide range of musical styles, from Bach and Haydn at one end to Scott Joplin and Glenn Miller at the other! So hopefully there will be music to suit all tastes.

As to their name? The Mill House Quartet is named after Chris’s house in Kings Langley, which is where they rehearse.

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