nadsa Newsletter - November 2021

By John Rockey
12 November 2021

It seems as if you don’t need encouragement to come to our next concert because it’s almost a sell-out already! Spare tickets can be counted not on the fingers of one hand, but solely on the thumb… maybe the newsletter should come out earlier to remind latecomers?

For the darker evenings our concerts move to Sunday afternoons at 3pm, starting on November 21st at the Courtenay Centre when the Arcadia String Quartet make a welcome return.

The quartet formed while students of the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Romania in 2006, continuing their studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna before going on to win several international competitions and performing all over Europe. Their programme for us will include Janáček’s Quartet No 1, ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’, Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C minor, D703, and the Mendelssohn String Quartet No 6 in F minor, Op 80.

Their latest CD released earlier this year was chosen as BBC Radio 3 Record Review’s disc of the week and was given five stars by BBC Music Magazine, an accolade also awarded by Germany’s leading classical music Magazine – high praise indeed. More information can be found at, where you can also hear extracts from some of their CDs.

This concert is kindly sponsored by Ruth and Peter Lowe.

What else is happening before our next concert on 16th January?

On Saturday 20th November Devon Philharmonic Orchestra are at Exeter Cathedral with Holst and Rossini – tickets available here:

Also at the Cathedral there are several Christmas-themed concerts; details here:

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have two concerts at Exeter University Great Hall; details at

That’s it for now; more news in December.