Strings versus Brass

Witness the age-old 'battle of the sections' as the Limbersey String Quartet and Something Brass Quintet perform at Sidney Sussex Chapel at 7.30pm on Saturday 3rd December. The 'Strings' are so confident that they are only pitching four players against the five in the brass team!

Established in 2002 in the south of Cambridge, Something Brass features five of the top brass players in the area. Performing regularly thoughout the region, they have worked hard to build up a large and varied repertoire. They will be performing a selection of this music, including works from Mussorgsky, Horovitz and Arutiunian.

The Limbersey String Quartet were formed just over a year ago in the north of Cambridge. Again, the players bring a wealth of experience to the genre. Building on the success of their inaugural concert, they will be performing the Beethoven String Quartet opus 18 number 4, and the Dvorak String Quartet number 12 "American".

Entry is free (with a retiring collection), and refreshments will be available in the interval. Access is via the Sidney Sussex College Porter's Lodge on Sidney Street.

The Programme

String Quartet Opus 18, Number 4
1. Allegro ma non tanto
2. Scherzo
3. Menuetto
4. Allegro
String Quartet number 12 in F "American"
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Lento
3. Molto vivace
4. Finale : vivace ma non troppo
Mussorgsky arr. Hull
Fancies, Toyes and Dreames
Farnaby arr. Howarth
1. The Old Spagnoletta
2. His Rest
3. Tell mee Daphne
4. A Toye
5. His Dreame
6. The New Sa-hoo
Young Persons Guide to the Brass Quintet
Intro : allegro brilliante
Var 1 (horn) : moderato
Var 2 (trumpets) : allegro
Var 3 (trombone) : andante
Var 4 (tuba) : allegro molto
Fugue : allegretto
Armenian Scenes
1. Morning Song
2. Drinking Song
3. Song of Grief
4. Wedding Procession
Music Hall Suite
1. Soubrette Song
2. Trick Cyclists
3. Adagio Team
4. Soft Shoe Shuffle
5. Les Girls

About Limbersey String Quartet

Established in 2004, Limbersey String Quartet is based in Cottenham, north of Cambridge. All four members are well established players with various orchestras in the area. Their inaugural concert took place earlier this year in Landbeach.

About Sidney Sussex Chapel

The chapel is at the centre of the Sidney Sussex College, founded by Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex. The college is a small community of 350 undergraduates, 100 graduates and 40 fellows, and is situated at the very centre of Cambridge, between Sidney Street, Sussex Street, Jesus Lane and King Street. More information is available on their website at