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At the 2009 Cheltenham Music Festival — the bi-centenary year of Haydn’s birth — Haydn’s special relationship with the string quartet was celebrated both musically and visually. Alongside a series of concerts featuring eight quartets from around the world, over 20 artists from Gloucestershire and beyond were invited to paint redundant violins, violas and cellos.
Painted Quartets was exhibited during the 2009 Festival at The Summerfield Gallery, University of Gloucestershire and the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. A selection of instruments is currently ‘on tour’ in St Ives and Oxford.
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