Divertimento String Quartet is highly acclaimed for their performances and have a large following for their regular concerts. They perform three different programmes a year, with a wide range of works from Haydn and Mozart to Walton and Shostakovich. The Quartet also gives concerts with a mixture of styles from classical to light classics.
You can listen to the Quartet on Divertimento String Quartet Repertoire page.
Mary Eade – Violin
Lindsay Braga – Violin
Andrew Gillett – Viola
Vicky Evans – Cello
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‘If anyone has a friend who might be interested in chamber music but feels a bit intimidated by it, Divertimento String Quartet is the ideal group to take them to; they’ll hook them in gently and with the utmost charm and open up a whole new world of delight!’
‘The art of string quartet playing is complex, and Divertimento understand the complexities and make them effortless. The audience is drawn in, not only by the playing of the musicians, but also by their introductions to the pieces – always informative about the music and also insightful about the very human aspects of bringing it off the page and into sound. Divertimento do more than give concerts. They remind all who hear them play that the world is a beautiful place and that humanity is capable of marvelous things.’
‘What a wonderfully absorbing evening Divertimento Quartet provided last night, doing what you do so well – giving performances of such polished professionalism combined with a real sense of intimacy and pleasure, with and for friends. Your pleasure and enjoyment in playing communicates immediately with your audience – one of the great pleasures of the evening was seeing your teamwork, the attentive listening to each other, and the balance of voices, the way individual instruments could shine out where necessary and blend, support and work together throughout.’Comments from recent concert
We have no difficulty in singing the praises of the Divertimento String Quartet! Indeed, the Topsham Chamber Music Society was established in 2014 with the express purpose of allowing concert-goers in East Devon the chance to enjoy the very special talents of these four superb musicians. If you are looking for a professional ensemble who will play tenderly, strongly, wittily, dramatically or mellifluously as occasion demands, look no further. Their repertoire is extensive and they are always interested in working on new pieces. As individuals, the members of the quartet relate very well to our audiences, creating a friendly atmosphere and bringing the pieces in their programme to life with excellent explanatory introductions.The Topsham Chamber Music Society
What an experience we had on Saturday night at Sharpham House. And what a challenging programme. The sound was so spectacular I nearly fell off my chair with the opening notes of the Mozart. We had an opportunity to experience the intimacy of sound in a chamber music setting and it was overwhelmingly wonderful. I was completely overawed at the dexterity and musicianship of the members of the quartet, especially in the Greig.Dorothy West
Quite simply it was great!Raymond Hayes
Mendelssohn’s String Octet is a most alluring, tuneful work – and a phenomenal achievement from a teenage composer. But it takes imagination to devise a whole programme using the eight strings it requires. The Divertimento and Eberle Quartets found an ingenious solution: first, Telemann’s Viola Concerto, contrasting paired upper strings with the soloist, and a versatile cellist taking on keyboard continuo. St. Margaret’s Church in Topsham has a warm but absorbent acoustic, so Andrew Gillett chose a restrained and thoughtful approach. There was plenty of fire in the stunning last movement though, with its chains of stirring off-beats.
Violist then took over keyboard, for Bach’s two-violin concerto, BWV 1043 – the outer movements at a breathtakingly courageous pace, yet never losing a secure sense of ‘two-in-a-bar’ – a thrilling experience. The gloriously lyrical slow movement had a wonderful timeless quality as it was gently woven between the matched yet distinctively-voiced violin soloists.
The Mendelssohn Octet is a tremendous challenge. With eight strings at his disposal, Mendelssohn writes dense and complex textures. This splendid performance was striking for its clarity, its balance, and the control of the music taken to the very edge. It delighted a packed Sunday afternoon audience.George Pratt
“We loved the latest Divertimento concert, particularly the piece by Stravinsky; short, humourous and with many surprises, played with such evident enjoyment. I can hardly believe it was written a hundred years ago, it sounded so fresh.”Jennie Crickmay
Thank you for providing such a varied programme. We liked the two Shostakovich pieces very much – quite a find, as one so often hears so much angst in his work. Good fun! Nice to hear the Wolf as well after a gap of many years. My favourite was definitely the Brahms which I thought you played beautifully: the quartet seemed to merge to form one organism, and there was one passage for the cello which was truly beautiful and moving.Ruth Oatey