In June 2011, Penelope and Anthony Warne welcomed us to their converted medieval barn and extensive gardens at Sutton Courtenay for a picnic, and a musical recital performed by the Davey String Quartet and Jane Plessner on clarinet. The Quartet started with Mozart’s String Quartet op 465 (dissonance), capturing beautifully the nuances of Mozart’s composition and filling the barn with heavenly music.
Jane Plessner then joined the Quartet for Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet op 115; the clarinet blended brilliantly with the strings, evoking a warm serenity of musical elegance, complex, rich and brooding, a supreme achievement in chamber music.
The recital ended with rapturous applause from a delighted audience as APS Chairman Anne Foot thanked the musicians, members and their guests for attending; and asked APS President, Halina Countess of Munster, to present the musicians and our hosts with roses and our sincere thanks. We then had an opportunity to stroll around the wonderful gardens, taking in riverside walks along the Thames.