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Schubert's Quintet

Join the Australian Chamber Orchestra as they perform quite possibly the best long-form piece of chamber music ever written - Schubert’s “perfect” Quintet

At City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney | Classical Music

Health and safety

City Recital Hall has been granted an exemption by the NSW Government to operate at 100% venue capacity. This means all available seats in the Auditorium are approved to be occupied and you will be seated directly next to others outside of your group.

Face masks are mandatory in the Auditorium and strongly recommended in the foyers. Please bring your own face mask with you, or, if necessary, one can be provided on entry to the venue.

Read more about COVID safety at City Recital Hall here.


A brilliant convergence of grandeur and intimacy

Composed in the final weeks of his far too short life, Schubert’s writing is symphonic, capturing far more harmonic colours than had ever been thought possible for an ensemble of this size. The use of two cellos was revolutionary and gave him further scope for exploration of tone and texture.

This grand quintet is a journey through sadness, fear, contemplation and joy, with a melodic richness reflecting Schubert’s status as one of the great writers of song.

Alongside Schubert’s Quintet, the ACO will also pay homage to Schubert’s musical inspiration, Ludwig Van Beethoven, with his beloved String Quintet in C minor, Op.104.

With just five musicians on stage, this performance will see the intimate and the grand brilliantly intertwine, providing audiences with an ACO experience to remember. 

For a deeper dive, be sure to read British poet George Szirtes’s personal reflections on Schubert's Quintet in the program notes, written specifically for the ACO, or listen to an ACO podcast by former Limelight-Editor, Clinical Psychologist and music-lover Francis Merson, as he takes a closer look at the extraordinary life and music of Franz Schubert and his "perfect" Quintet.

BEETHOVEN String Quintet in C minor, Op.104
SCHUBERT String Quintet in C major, D.956

Richard Tognetti AO Director & Violin
Helena Rathbone Principal Violin
Steanie Farrands Principal Viola
Elizabeth Woolnough Viola
Timo-Veikko Valve Principal Cello
Melissa Barnard Cello 

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra

Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra

Venue Information

• City Recital Hall's Box Office will be open 90 minutes prior to the start of the performance, and auditorium doors will be open 45 minutes prior. 

• Foyers will be open 90 minutes prior to the performance and patrons will be encouraged to move directly to their seats on arrival.

• The cloak room will be open 90 minutes prior to the start of the performance with strictly limited capacity. Please refrain from bringing bulky items that require cloaking.

• The foyer bars will be open 90 minutes prior to the start of the performance for limited refreshments and will not be open after the event.

Transport Options

Public Transport

City Recital Hall is a five-minute walk from Wynyard and Martin Place train stations, and only steps away from the Wynyard light rail stop. Numerous bus routes also stop along Martin Place. Visit the Transport NSW website to plan your journey..


Wilson Parking operates a car park next to City Recital Hall at 123 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Accessible parking spaces are available in the car park beside the venue elevators. Patrons can access the Hall directly using the car park lifts from one hour prior to performance start times. 

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