IT HAS taken many years of planning, but at last the world famous Kodály Quartet will be paying a return visit to Gloucester when they perform for Gloucester Music Society on Thursday 5 November at St Mary de Lode Church at 7.30pm.

The date is appropriate as their playing is full of musical fireworks, especially when playing music by the Hungarian composer Kodály from whom they take their name.

The programme will include two pieces by Kodály as well as quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Webern - a true musical feast.

The members of the quartet have toured with great success during the last few decades in almost all European countries, as well as in the United States, Japan, China, India, Australia and New-Zealand, whilst their recordings of the complete string quartets of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert have received rave reviews.

The Director of the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London will be attending the concert, representing the Hungarian Embassy.

Tickets are £17, concessions £16, students £5, children free and accompanying adults £8 and are available from the website or on the door.