Manchester Jewish Museum

String quartets in memory of lost sisters
Quatuor Danel

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Manchester Jewish Museum's synagogue


Full price £15, Concession £14

The University of Manchester’s internationally-acclaimed string quartet-in-residence, Quatuor Danel, brings their lively repertoire to our historic synagogue with quartets written in memory of lost sisters.

The Quatuor Danel was founded in 1991 and has been at the forefront of the international music scene ever since, with important concert performances worldwide and a row of groundbreaking CD recordings.

The quartet is famous for their bold, concentrated interpretations of the string quartet cycles of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich, and Weinberg. Their lively and fresh vision on the traditional quartet repertoire has delivered them subsequent praise from public and press.

During Synagogue Nights they will perform two well-known pieces:

The first one will be Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No.6 in F Minor, Op.80, which was the composer’s last major piece, completed just two months before his death in 1847. It was written in tribute to his sister, the composer Fanny Mendelssohn, who herself died earlier that year.

The second piece will be Mieczysław Weinberg’s String Quartet No.16 in A-flat Minor, Op.130. In 1939, Weinberg and his sister Ester fled from the Nazi invasion of Warsaw to the USSR. Mieczysław went on, Ester turned back. The two would never see one another again. The Weinberg’s Quartet No.16 was written in memory of his sister in 1981.

The Quatuor Danel will be introduced by The University of Manchester’s resident Mendelssohn expert, Professor Thomas Schmidt.

To get a flavour of this immersive experience see the below video of Quatuor Danel performing Weinberg’s Quartet No. 5 Mvt III:

About the Quatuor Danel
The Quatuor Danel are a French string quartet. They have been artist-in-residence at The University of Manchester since 2005, where they coach and collaborate with world-renowned musicologists. Since 2015, they also teach regularly at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam. Russian composers have a special place in the quartet’s repertoire. They were the first quartet to record the 17 quartets by Mieczysław Weinberg.

What you need to know
The doors will be open from 6PM. The museum café will be selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Please note, that this event takes place at our historic synagogue with on-side seating. This event will not be socially distanced.

How to get here
We are located on Cheetham Hill Road, just 15 minutes’ walk from Manchester’s Victoria train station and 30 minutes’ walk from Manchester City Centre. We encourage you to use public transport when travelling to the museum. You can get here by bus, Metrolink or train. See all of your travel options on:

Access information
There is step free access to the museum entrance via a ramp, a lift to the first floor, level access throughout the ground floor and two accessible gender-neutral toilets. The synagogue will have seating areas for those with accessibility needs to enjoy the performance. Please e-mail ahead of the event to arrange for any additional accessibility needs.
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