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A Look Back on a Magical Tour

In early November this year, the New Zealand String Quartet embarked on a journey to the other side of the world with all of Beethoven’s String Quartets in tow, as well as a bonus programme including works by Benjamin Britten, Samuel Barber, Salina Fisher and Gareth Farr.

Originally, this month-long tour in Europe was to take place in 2020 - the year that celebrated the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday - but with the serious circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we had not been able to depart until this year.

The streets of Göttingen.

There were so many highlights from this tour: walking the historical streets of Göttingen (Germany) where Johannes Brahms and Joseph Joachim would have walked some 170 years earlier; taking in the glorious views of Saint Stephen’s Church, Nijmegen (Netherlands) which dates back to the 1200’s, and of course performing in acoustically and visually extraordinary concert halls for audiences in Europe.