Fauré Quartet
Type: Concert
Date: Sunday 22 June 2008

Winners of the 2003 Parkhouse Award

Erika Geldsetzer violin
Dirk Mommertz piano
Sascha Frömbling viola
Konstantin Heidrich cello


Mahler Piano Quartet Movement
Saint Saëns Piano Quartet in Bb major, Op 41
Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Op 60


There are not enough superlatives to describe the playing of the Fauré Quartet on the Sunday evening, the final concert of the Festival; this was chamber music making of the highest order. The energy and dynamism they brought to their playing belied the fact that they had set off from Germany at 5.00am that morning. It is fair to say that most of the audience were not familiar with the two works in the first half but by the interval the question on many lips was, “had they recorded the two pieces?” A highly charged and passionate performance of the Mahler Piano Quartet Movement was followed by the revelation of Saint-Saëns Piano Quartet in Bb major. Apart from the sheer musicality, they played with flawless precision and the Prestissimo tempo of the third movement down to a pianissimo ending was breathtaking. The final work, Brahms Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60 was again a masterly interpretation with such a perfect balance and understanding between the four players, a memorable conclusion to this year’s Festival.

Enid Hayles

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.