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NCH Chamber Music Series

Sunday String Quartet Series

Sundays from September
to December 2018

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sunday 21st october

Carducci quartet

Matthew Denton violin
Michelle Fleming violin
Eoin Schmidt-Martin viola
Emma Denton cello

Beethoven String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 
Donnacha DennehyPushpulling
Philip Glass String Quartet No. 3 ‘Mishima
Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

Presented by the NCH in association with the National String Quartet Foundation

sunday 11th November

RTÉ Contempo quartet

Bogdan Sofei violin
Ingrid Nicola violin
Andreea Banciu viola
Adrian Mantu cello 
    
Haydn
String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4 ‘Sunrise
Linda Buckley 'Haza’ (quartet and electronics)
Brahms String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 

The Contempo’s Haydn and Brahms journey continues with Haydn’s glorious, uplifting ‘Sunrise’ Quartet and Brahms’ third quartet - wonderful music which continually challenges the players to create a soundscape bigger than a string quartet which ‘truly sounds like the work of a man on his summer holiday.  Especially in its outer movements there is a feeling of the countryside, of sunshine’ (Misha Amory). 

Presented by the NCH in association with the National String Quartet Foundation

sunday 18th November

Shandon quartet

Siún Milne violin
Brendan Garde violin
David Kenny viola
Aoife Burke cello
    
Haydn
String Quartet in C major, Op.76 No. 3 ‘Emperor
Raymond Deane Embers’ 
Schumann String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op.41 No. 3 

Four of Cork’s brightest musical stars have come together as the Shandon Quartet and bring a wealth of talent and experience to this delightful programme. Haydn’s 62nd String Quartet, ‘Emperor’, abounds with charm and vitality, incorporating folk dance rhythms and some stunning virtuosity. Raymond Deane wrote his quartet ‘Embers’ in 1973 when he was only twenty years old and it remains one of his best loved works. Schumann’s third quartet is lyrical, dramatic, full of conflicting emotions and abundant in beautiful musical references to Clara, his wife. 

Presented by the NCH in association with the National String Quartet Foundation

sunday 2nd december

Esposito quartet

Mia Cooper violin
Anna Cashell violin
Joachim Roewer viola
William Butt celllo
    
Boccherini
String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 26 
Shostakovich Two Pieces For String Quartet (Elegy & Polka)
Sebastian Adams String Quartet No. 2
Grieg String Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op. 27

The Esposito Quartet comprises four of our most distinguished musicians with a combined bounty of experience as recital artists, orchestral leaders and teachers, whose common love of the quartet treasury brought them together in 2010. 

Their programme includes one of Boccherini’s joyous quartets, two short gems by Shostakovich including the wonderfully silly Polka, rising composer Sebastian Adams’ second quartet, and the great 1877 G minor quartet by Grieg, which, he wrote, ‘aims at breadth, to soar, and above all at a vigorous sound for the instruments for which it is written’. 

Presented by the NCH in association with the National String Quartet Foundation

sunday 9th december

lir quartet

Mairéad Hickey violin
Siobhán Doyle violin
Ed Creedon viola
Chris Ellis cello
    
Debussy
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Seán Doherty String Quartet No. 3 ‘The Devil’s Dream
Beethoven String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3

Founded for Barry Douglas’ 2017 Clandeboye Festival, the Lir Quartet is one of Ireland’s most exciting chamber groups. 

Their programme includes Debussy’s lyrical, sensuous string quartet and a stunning new work by Donegal composer Sean Doherty which weaves traditional and classical together in a captivating musical tapestry. They will finish with Beethoven’s third ‘Razumovsky’ Quartet, renowned for its fearsome virtuosity.

Presented by the NCH in association with the National String Quartet Foundation

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