For a whole month, we are banning overwhelming orchestras and magisterial Baroque to make room for the more intimate. Goethe once defined the string quartet as ‘four rational gentlemen conversing with each other’. Fortunately, they no longer have to be men, but the spirit of his law still applies: for chamber music, you gather together. Personal contact with musicians and fellow audience members gives the listening experience an extra dimension. Four thematic lines bring order to 17 multi-coloured concerts: Beethoven XS, International Quartets, Musical Gifts and Roots.