Univeristy of Portsmouoth partners on classical concerts

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A PRIZE-WINNING string quartet is the first instalment of a series of classical concerts being staged in partnership with the University of Portsmouth.

British act the Doric String Quartet will be playing music by Haydn, Ades and Schumann at the Guildhall on Monday, October 19 as part of the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series.

The series of six concerts – all staged in the round – has been organised by the university together with Portsmouth Cultural Trust, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Music in the Round.

One musician will be notable by his absence – Peter Cropper, founder of Music in the Round, who died in May.

Organiser Colin Jagger, the university’s director of music, said: ‘These concerts are really something special.

‘The in-the-round setting means the audience sits very close to the artists, making them feel almost part of the music-making.’