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The Mandelring Quartet - Classical & Romantic masterworks

Hear great classical music performed by outstanding musicians of international repute – the award-winning Mandelring Quartet are: Sebastian Schmidt (violin), Nanette Schmidt (violin), Andreas Willwohl (viola) and Bernhard Schmidt (cello).

Enjoy the intimacy and intensity of a recital hall little bigger than a large drawing room.

Listen to talks on the music by musicologist Richard Wigmore.

Mingle with the musicians as well as like-minded fellow music lovers.

Stay in the award-winning Castle Hotel, Taunton – renowned for its excellent service, and for comforts traditional and modern.

Martin Randall Festival staff are in attendance to help these events run smoothly and enjoyably.

Tickets to individual concerts are available to book via this page.

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The award-winning Mandelring Quartet is renowned for expressivity and a remarkable homogeneity of sound. Through success at prestigious competitions early on in their career, the Quartet has garnered an international reputation and now has regular concert series at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Residenz in Munich. The ensemble has toured extensively and is frequently invited to perform at leading festivals. Their extensive recordings have received much critical acclaim, with their disc of Shostakovich’s complete quartets being regarded as a benchmark for the repertoire.

They have put together what could be regarded as a ‘classic Mandelring programme’ for their return to Taunton (their last appearance was in 2018) – a carefully curated selection of some of the most admired and greatest chamber works of the Classical and Romantic period: Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Ravel, Debussy, Janáček, Dvořák. A line-up of works that could arguably only be tackled in the space of one weekend by the most experienced of ensembles.

Talks on the music are provided by music writer, lecturer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore. Richard writes for BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone and has taught at Guildhall, Trinity Laban and Birkbeck.

Friday 8 March, 5.30pm

Haydn, String Quartet Op.76 No.2 Fifths

Beethoven, String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4

Ravel, String Quartet in F

Finish time:c. 7.45pm


Saturday 9 March, 10.30am

Beethoven, String Quartet No.16 in F, Op.135

Dvořák, String Quartet No.12 in F, Op.96 The American

Finish time: c. 12.20pm


Saturday 9 March, 5.30pm

Beethoven, String Quartet No.6 in B flat, Op.18 No.6

Janáček, String Quartet No.1 Kreutzer Sonata

Mendelssohn, String Quartet in D, Op.44 No.1

Finish time: 7.45pm


Sunday 10 March, 10.30am

Debussy, String Quartet in G minor, Op.10

Beethoven, String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59 No.3 Razumovsky

Finish time: c. 12.30pm


Prices, per person

Two sharing: standard double £1,010; Garden Room £1,230.

Single occupancy: single bedded room £1,010; double for sole use £1,130.



Four concerts, talks on the music, accommodation for two nights, breakfasts, two afternoon teas, two dinners, interval drinks, programme, tips for hotel staff.


Tickets to individual concerts

£30 mornings, £35 evenings. Interval refreshments and a programme are also included. To book these online, please visit this page or contact us.


Start and finish times

The event begins on Friday 8th March with afternoon tea available from 3.00–5.00pm (check in is from 3.00pm). The final concert ends at c. 12.30pm on Sunday 10th March.



The Castle Hotel, Taunton

The Castle is renowned for its excellent service, for comforts traditional and modern, and for its superb catering. It has been owned and run by the Chapman family for over 60 years. Chamber music events have been held here since 1977, and Martin Randall Travel took over the running of them in 2003.

The hotel’s bedrooms are individually and charmingly decorated. Doubles and twins are mainly of a good size, and the largest – the Garden Rooms – overlook the garden. There is no single-occupancy supplement for the rooms with single beds. The majority of rooms have a bath with a shower fitment.

The hotel has a lift, though some bedrooms are then accessed via stairs. The Music Room is on a mezzanine level, up a flight of stairs from the lobby (and is not lift-accessible).

Taunton lies on the doorstep of Exmoor and the Quantocks, areas with some of the loveliest countryside in England.


Combine with

Connoisseur’s Rome26 February–2 March

Tintoretto, Titian & Veronese, 26 February–3 March

Essential Rome, 27 February–4 March

Gardens of Madeira, 2–7 March

Ravenna & Urbino, 11–15 March


Map for Taunton.

‘The Mandelring Quartet are magnificent performers... altogether an extraordinary series of concerts.’