ONE of the leading string quartets of their generation will grace the Music in Peebles stage next week.

Tuesday evening's concert features The Doric String Quartet.

They last performed in Peebles in 2010.

The players are Alex Redington on violin, Jonathan Stone on violin, Hélène Clément on viola, John Myerscough on cello.

Each is a solo player in his/her own right, but together they are much more.

According to Classicalsource: “… the players are superb, but, beyond that, they blend together as though of one mind – the touchstone of any such group.”

This prize-winning quartet have an extremely busy schedule in the most famous venues, captivating audiences in main season concerts and festivals all over Europe and North America.

Since 2010 the Quartet have recorded exclusively for Chandos Records. The complete Korngold String Quartets, the Walton String Quartets, the Schumann String Quartets, Haydn’s Op 20 Quartets (No 4 featured in this concert) and Quartets by Janá?ek and Martin? have all been short-listed for Gramophone Awards or Critics’ choice or CD of the month.

The Peebles concert programme is Britten, String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.25, Haydn, String Quartet Op.20, No.4 (The Sun), Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80.

It opens with the 28 year old Benjamin Britten’s first quartet which, it was noted at the time, marked a new phase in his development.

There follows one of Haydn’s fine Opus 20 quartets, of which the Dorics have made an acclaimed recording.

The concert ends with Mendelssohn’s last completed work, his final string quartet, written as a heartfelt homage to his beloved sister Fanny following her sudden death.

The concert in the Eastgate Theatre on Tuesday starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £14 (£7 if accompanying a child under 12), and free for students up to age 25 in full-time education and school pupils, and are available from Eastgate Theatre Box Office 01721 725777 or