Yesterday, the quartet were in despair after their vehicles were broken into in Haarlem and all their music stolen.
Since this was a 40th anniversary tour and they were spinning the wheel on stage to decide what to play, the loss of their entire rep was nothing short of disaster. A programme was somehow put together from borrowed bits and pieces:
Schubert – Quartet Satz (borrowed privately)
Then, they went on stage.
‘It was a BLAST!,’ reports one of their friends. ‘Absolutely fantastic concert. We had the Wheel on stage to show everyone what could have been. So the quartet talked about it and the theft and played Schubert Quartett Satz, all very nice, but then the funniest thing happened. We had someone from the audience come up to spin the Wheel, just to get the feel of the thing, and to everyones amazement, Shost 8 came up! Haha, from then on it could only get better. The audience absolutely loved it! Presenter couldn’t be happier and re-invited them immediately.’