Flinders Quartet: Love and Other Catastrophes


This event takes place at Montsalvat


Concert Cancelled: Flinders Quartet

Due to ongoing restrictions, we regret to advise that Flinders Quartet’s concert at Montsalvat on Sunday 24 October has been cancelled.

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Event details

Flinders Quartet close their 2021 season with Beethoven, Shostkovich, and Australian’s own Deborah Cheetham AO.

Beethoven’s mammoth string quartet Op.131 is one that holds a special place in the hearts of anyone who has heard it. Indeed, it was Schubert’s dying wish to hold the score and hear this piece that seems to sum up so much about humanity. Dedicated to his second wife while remembering the intense love of his first wife Nina, Shostakovich’s 6th quartet makes a great pairing with Deborah Cheetham’s Bungaree and its moving acknowledgement of his wife, Karoo.

‘Every time I hear the first few notes of Beethoven’s Op.131 it sends tingles through my skin. I have the same response to the opening of Cheetham’s Bungaree and the third movement of Shostakovich’s 6th string quartet. One could argue that those spine-tingling moments are a prerequisite for us choosing repertoire! I have tried to analyse why some music manages to evoke such a physical and emotional response but haven’t yet found the precise answer. My guess is that sometimes we just have to accept that great art often defies explanation.’ Zoe Knighton, cello

Presented by Flinders Quartet


Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba violin
Wilma Smith violin
Helen Ireland viola
Zoe Knighton cello


Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No.6 in G, Op.101

Deborah Cheetham AO
Bungaree *

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131

*Commissioned by Flinders Quartet with support from Andrew Dixon, in memory of Jean & John Dixon


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