Joseph Rowntree Theatre adds new string to bow as York String Quartet makes debut

The York String Quartet: Making Joseph Rowntree Theatre debut this Sunday

THE York String Quartet will grace the Joseph Rowntree Theatre stage in York for the first time on Sunday night.

As the JoRo reopens after lockdown, York audiences are being offered a wider choice of performances, the result of both the trustees’ desire to attract new hirers and differing groups’ need to look for suitable venues.

Graham Mitchell, the Haxby Road theatre’s community engagement director, says: “We’re delighted that the York String Quartet has chosen our venue for its first show post-lockdown.

“We haven’t often had this type of show on stage and we know it’ll attract a new audience into the theatre, perhaps people who don’t even know who we are or what we offer.”

In the York String Quartet line-up are Fiona Love, violin, Nicola Rainger, violin, Vince Parsonage, violin and viola, and Sally Ladds, cello.

The 7.30pm programme will comprise: J S Bach’s  Brandenburg No. 3 in G major; Dvorak’s Quartet No. 12, ‘American’  1st movement, Allegro Ma Non Troppo; Beethoven’s  Quartet No. 13 op. 130, 5th movement ‘Cavatina’, Adagio Molto Espressivo, and Schubert’s Quartet No. 13 D.804 in A minor, ‘Rosamunde’, last movement, Allegro Moderato.

A selection from classical, pop, jazz, shows, television and film in a quiz format will follow the interval. Tickets cost £8 to £13 at

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Founded by Meat Loud, alias Andy Plimmer, and session singer and vocal coach Sally Rivers, the show is built around Bat Out Of Hell, complemented by other Meat Loaf slices of rock opera and songs penned by Jim Steinman for Bonnie Tyler, Cher, and Celine Dion. Sally has worked with Annie Lennox, Cher and Mick Hucknall, among others.

Alas, tomorrow night is now a case of All Revved Up With No Place To Go.

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