Ireland's National String Quartet

Artists in Residence to University College, Cork - Lecturers in Chamber Music at DIT Conservatory, Dublin

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The Vanbrugh Quartet, City of Cork Symphony Orchestra, Vanbrugh Camerata, Keith Pascoe and Mick Flannery to launch

The National String Quartet Foundation

THURSDAY 17th and GOOD FRIDAY 18th April 2014 - City Hall, Cork

We are delighted to announce the formation of the National String Quartet Foundation. The Foundation will promote the performance of string quartet music in Cork City and County as well as nationally; it will create a variety of other projects in music education at school and community level and at elite national level that will engender growth and underpin the performance of classical music in Ireland. Future generations will benefit from such forward thinking, and potentially more and more ambitious projects will be funded by the Foundation’s growing reputation. We are working with partner institutions, including UCC, to develop relationships which will support the long-term objectives of the National String Quartet Foundation.

For the first time in several decades there is no funded string quartet based in our city. The Cork-based RTE Residency pioneered by Aloys Fleischmann in the 1950s has been a fantastic asset to the cultural life of Cork City and County and as holders of the position from 1986 until 2013, we are seeking an alternative funding model not only to enable us to continue and expand our local and national work but to establish a strong framework for others to continue that work in the future.

We are most grateful to the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra for offering a platform to launch and raise funds for the Foundation at Cork City Hall on April 17th and 18th and we offer two terrific programmes featuring performances by the Vanbrugh Quartet, the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra, the Vanbrugh Camerata and violinist Keith Pascoe, with singer-songwriter Mick Flannery making a special appearance on the Friday.


Thursday 17 April 2014
City Hall, Cork, 8pm

Franz SCHUBERT Death and the Maiden String Quartet
The Vanbrugh Quartet

Mikhail GLINKA Ruslan and Ludmila Overture
Piotr TCHAIKOVSKY Pathetique Symphony
The City of Cork Symphony Orchestra

Good Friday 18 April 2014
City Hall, Cork, 6pm

Joseph HAYDN The Seven Last Words from the Cross
The Vanbrugh Quartet with special guest Mick Flannery

Antonio VIVALDI The Four Seasons
The Vanbrugh Camerata with Keith Pascoe, violin

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