Classical Strings Quartet at Porthleven Festival Cornwall

The Classical Strings Quartet performed at the start of the Porthleven Festival, and gave a performance of Classical favourites interspersed with music inspired by the Cornish Landscape to a packed audience of VIP guests and music lovers at St Bartholomew’s Church.

Our brief was to provide an evening of music which would suit all musical tastes and ages, and which would complement the theme of the concert, which was ‘Strings and Pimms for Music Lovers’!

At Classical Strings, our mission is always to deliver a programme of music which can reach out and delight a listener, no matter what their musical background. Our upbeat programme was selected to include a popular mix of well known favourites from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic period – as enjoyed by many listeners tuning in to Classic FM – alongside melodic contemporary works composed by Cornish Composer and Leader of the Classical Strings Quartet, Sue Aston, who also introduced the items on the programme to the audience.

Arrangements of Cornish Folk Songs alongside the traditional Irish tune ‘Drowsy Maggie’ were such a hit with the audience, that the Quartet were requested to play an encore. A lively performance of Bach’s well known ‘Badinerie’ completed the evening, and the Quartet enjoyed a rousing applause.

Our concert programme included many well known pieces of music exclusively arranged for our String Quartet by Sue Aston, and was as follows:

First Half

  • Pachelbel’s Kanon in D Major
  • Bach’s Double Violin Concerto
  • Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni
  • Mozart’s Divertimento in F Major

Second Half

  • Scenes from a Cornish Childhood, by Sue Aston
  • Ladies in Lavender, by Nigel Hess
  • Faure’s Pavane
  • Panis Angelicus, by Franck
  • Cornish Dances, by Ray Didcock
  • Le Onde, by Einaudi
  • The Homecoming, by Sue Aston
  • Drowsy Maggie, trad. Irish


  • Bach’s Badinerie
Sue Aston


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