The Bingham String Quartet
Type: Concert
Date: Sunday 22 June 1997

Bingham String Quartet
Concert sponsored by the Viscount Amory Trust

Stephen Bingham violin
Sally-Ann Weeks violin
Brenda Stewart viola
James Halsey cello

with guest
Sebastain Millett cello

Haydn: Quartet in D No. 4, Op. 20
Martin Butler: Songs and Dances from a Haunted Place
Schubert: Quintet in C Op. 163


The professional highlight of the 1997 Festival was provided by the Bingham String Quartet, in a concert sponsored by the Viscount Amory Trust. The quartet is a fine group whose work and preparation together result in beautiful ensemble playing, their alertness and sensitivity to each other enabling them to explore a wide range of dynamics and nuances, easily heard within the good acoustics of the church. The programme included Haydn Quartet in D, Op. 20 No. 4 and the great double cello Quintet in C, Op. 163 by Schubert, when the quartet was joined by an equally gifted second cellist, Sebastian Millett. In both works we heard full singing tone and fine articulation of even the fastest passages.

It was particularly pleasing that they included a contemporary piece, Songs and Dances from a Haunted Place by Martin Butler (b.1960). Some explanation and guidance for listening was given before the work was performed, which was thoroughly musical and not gimmicky, full of atmosphere and colour,with again the wonderful string tone.

Both Sebastian and James Halsey, the quartet cellist, were pupils of Eileen Croxford, the Festival's President. Shaldon is greatly indebted to her for bringing not only the Bingham Quartet but also for the professional links she provides with so many musicians across the country, and for heading the arrangements for a Festival that grows yearly in stature and attendance.

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.