Finzi Quartet
St Peters Church
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Concert
Date: Sunday 23 June 2013
Start Time: 7.30pm
Performer(s): Finzi Quartet
Host Organisation: Shaldon Festival
Box Office Contact: Malcolm Watson
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Ticket Information: Centre Seats £15, Side Seats £10, Student seats £5

Haydn: Quartet Op.76 No.1
Britten: Three Divertimenti
Schumann: Piano Quintet


Finzi Quartet with Ashley Fripp
Concert presented in association with the Royal Over-Seas League

Marie Salvat violin Louise Salmona violin
Helene Desaint viola Lydia Shelley cello
Ashley Fripp piano

The final concert of the 2013 Shaldon Festival maintained the excellent standard set over the three previous evenings. The young all female Finzi String Quartet based in Lyon in France, prize winners in the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, was joined by the young pianist Ashley Fripp, who had also won the Award for Keyboard at the same Competition.

From the opening bars of the first piece, Haydn Quartet Op 76 No 1, the rapport and understanding between the four players was clear and the opening movement was energetic and full of high spirits. The expansive, hymn-like Adagio demonstrated the full dynamic range of the quartet with breathtaking pianissimos. A zippy Minuetto in scherzo form followed with a dramatic finale. As always with Haydn, there was a little something here for everyone; the sum total made to seem effortless.

This was followed by the Finzi Quartet’s contribution to the Benjamin Britten centenary celebrations, a little known early work entitled Three Divertimenti for String Quartet. The score was intended as a series of character movements of three school friends and the Finzi Quartet captured the spirit of each one very effectively whilst at the same time showcasing their technical prowess, ably led by first violin Marie Salvat.

The eagerly anticipated final work of the concert, Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat is one of the brightest jewels in the Romantic chamber repertoire and the Finzi Quartet with Ashley Fripp delivered a highly assured performance of this marvellous work. The only practical problem with this piece is that the piano – Schumann’s own instrument – can often dominate. In this performance all the important solo string detail was clearly audible, but the piano remained strong and sonorous. The second subject in the opening movement produced some exquisite cello playing from Lydia Shelley, no doubt obtaining the full approval of her former teacher Eileen Croxford Parkhouse (President of the Shaldon Festival) sitting in the audience. The rather haunting funereal theme of the second movement was demonstrated exceptionally well by the viola player Helene Desaint. For sheer joie de vivre the third movement Scherzo is hard to match and its ascending and descending scales is particularly exhilarating, delivered with panache by Ashley Fripp. The final movement’s dynamic lead-up to the ending fugue flowed on with immense fun to its vigorous, galloping final bars, followed by rapturous applause from the audience; a fitting end to this year’s festival.

We are most grateful to the Royal Over-Seas League for financially supporting this concert.

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.