THE VANBRUGH QUARTET Saturday 20 December

The Vanbrugh Quartet concert series Autumn 2014

  • Debusy quartet in G minor
    Stravinsky three pieces for quartet
    Beethoven quartet Op. 133 “Grosse Fuge”

Gregory Ellis – Keith Pascoe – Simon Aspell – Christopher Marwood

Awe-inspiring and infinitely moving… the kind of experience one encounters on only a few occasions in a lifetime… only one or two ensembles in the world plumb such depths. These were among the reactions of Strad magazine to the Vanbrugh Quartet’s twenty-fifth aniversary Beethoven cycle at London’s Cadogan Hall in November 2010. Winners of the 1988 London International String Quartet Competition, the quartet has enjoyed a busy international career which has taken them throughout Europe, the Americas and the Far East. The current season includes visits to the UK, Italy, Sweden, Russia, and the USA, with a tour of China and Korea planned for the Autumn.

Based in Cork as Resident Quartet to RTÉ from 1986-2013, and now supported by the National String Quartet Foundation, the Vanbrugh Quartet has dedicated itself to bringing string quartet music to audiences throughout Ireland, having given around one thousand concerts in venues ranging from small country schools to the major city venues. In 1996 the Quartet founded the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the group has overseen its emergence as one of Europe’s most vibrant music festivals. The festival’s masterclasses have become a standard summer destination for Ireland’s most talented young chamber musicians and, supported in part by the Quartet’s own Scholarship Fund, more than one hundred players have already benefited from the experience of taking part. In April 2005 the Quartet planned and hosted European Quartet Week, an event which stood out as one of the most exciting and innovative of Cork’s tenure as European Capital of Culture.

As well as presenting the core string quartet repertoire, the Vanbrugh Quartet has consistently championed the work of Irish composers in concerts and broadcasts in Ireland and abroad, and has premiered new works by Gerald Barry, Seorse Bodley, Siobhan Cleary, David Cox, Raymond Deane, Donnacha Dennehy, Stephen Gardner, John Gibson, Deirdre Gribbin, Ronan Guilfoyle, Rachel Holstead, John Kinsella, Philip Martin, Jane O’Leary, Stephen Parker, Sam Perkin, Eric Sweeney, Niall Vallely, Kevin Volans, David Wallace and Ian Wilson. They support Ireland’s younger composers through workshops and competitions for UCC, DIT, the Contemporary Music Centre and West Cork Music.

The Vanbrugh Quartet has an extensive and critically acclaimed discography which includes the complete Beethoven quartets as well as numerous contemporary Irish quartets. Awards include Gramophone Critics’ Choice 2003 for Boccherini’s cello quintets and Gramophone Editor’s Choice (February 2006) for Charles Stanford’s viola and piano quintets, a CD released by Hyperion in co-operation with RTÉ. The Quartet’s latest CD, of works by Deirdre Gribbin, was released in 2013, forthcoming releases include works by Boris Tchaikovsky (Naxos) and John Kinsella (Toccata).

Tickets are free and available by telephone and over the counter from 10.00am on the day of the performance.

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