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 launches

The National String Quartet Foundation

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 Foundationís 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.



Our sincere thanks to the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra and to all those who helped make our launch concerts in City Hall such a success. Thanks especially to everyone who supported us by attending the concerts or by making donations to the Foundation. We will keep these pages updated as the Foundation develops

Prize draw still running!
Three great prizes still on offer until the draw is made on 12th May. Limited number of tickets still available. Any donation here to the Foundation for EUR20 or more buys five tickets. Prizes are:

1. Two tickets for Il Divo: A Musical Affair with the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra. Musgrave Park, June 21st 2014
2. Dinner for two at Ballymaloe House with tickets for a Grainstore concert.
3. Two day passes to West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry. 27th June - 5th July 2014


April 25th - 27th, Vanbrugh Quartet in studio recording quartets by John Kinsella for release on Toccata Classics. Quartet Nos.3, 4 and 5 plus 'Synthesis'. Andrew Keener producing.
Short tour of USA starting April 30th, concerts in University of Connecticut and Virginia Tech. Kindly supported by
If you would like to donate to the National String Quartet Foundation, you may do so here. Your support is greatly appreciated. No paypal account is required


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