A dream team of musicians

The Britten Quartet play in Luton on Monday
The Britten Quartet play in Luton on Monday

A classical ‘supergroup’ are the next ensemble to entertain audiences at Luton’s Music on Mondays series.

The Britten Oboe Quartet will play a programme of Mozart, Elizabeth Lutyens and Rutland Boughton. The concert includes the world première of a piece from composers Colin Hazel and Peter Whittle.

The quartet comprise Nicholas Daniel on oboe, Jacqueline Shave on violin, Clare Finnimore on viol and Caroline Dearnley on cello.

They will play Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F K370, Rutland Boughton’s Oboe Quartet No 2, Colin Hazel / Peter Whittle’s Zeugma and Elizabeth Lutyens’ Driving out the Death.

The quartet has received high praise from national publications. The New Statesman said: “If you were assembling the chamber music equivalent of a fantasy football team, chances are that the oboist Nicholas Daniel and the violinist Jacqueline Shave would all be high on the list. Add the wonderful Caroline Dearnley on cello and Clare Finnimore on viola and you have a supergroup of serious heft.”

The Times meanwhile described Nicholas Daniel as “arguably Britain’s most virtuosic and adventurous instrumentalist.”

The concery takes place on Luton Library Theatre on Monday at 7.30pm. Adult tickets are £15 (inc seniors), students/unemployed/disabled £8, under 18s in education free. Call 01582 878100 to book or buy tickets on the concert door. Ample parking indoors in the Mall car park after 6pm.