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Vanbrugh Quartet

Media Release Thursday 22 September 2016

Vanbrugh Quartet to receive National Concert Hall 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award at gala concert

Host: RTÉ broadcaster Áine Lawlor
Guests: Michael Collins, clarinet | Cara O’Sullivan, soprano | Hugh Tinney, piano | Barry Douglas, piano | Chi-Chi Nwanoku, double-bass | Ortús Festival Players
Sunday 20th November 2016, 8pm
Tickets: €45.50, €37.50, €32.50, €24.50 - On Sale Friday 23rd September (priority booking for Friends of the NCH).

The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce that Ireland’s most distinguished string quartet, Vanbrugh Quartet will be the recipients of the NCH Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 at a special gala concert, hosted by RTÉ broadcaster Áine Lawlor, at the National Concert Hall, Sunday 20th November 2016, 8pm.

The concert which celebrates the ensemble’s 30 year contribution to music in Ireland will see Gregory Ellis, violin, Keith Pascoe, violin, Simon Aspell, viola and Christopher Marwood, cello of Vanbrugh Quartet receive their award in the company of fellow musicians and friends with performances from clarinettist Michael Collins, pianists Barry Douglas and Hugh Tinney, principal double bass with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment Chi-Chi Nwanoku and celebrated soprano Cara O’Sullivan. Young musicians Ortús Festival Players who have performed with the quartet at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival (a festival the Vanbrugh Quartet founded in 1996 and have been an essential part of ever since) will also perform on the night. 

Extracts from Schubert’s much-loved Trout Quintet, Ravel’s Habanera, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and Brahms’s Piano Quintet and more chamber music favourites can be heard on the night.

Simon Taylor, CEO of The National Concert Hall comments:
“The Vanbrugh Quartet has brought chamber music of the highest standard to all parts of Ireland over the last 30 years, particularly as long-time resident quartet for RTÉ. Its contribution to the musical life of the country, and Cork in particular, has been immense. The Quartet has also encouraged and inspired a whole new generation of young Irish musicians and performed many new works by Irish composers, so creating an enduring legacy. The National Concert Hall is thrilled to be acknowledging the group’s enormous contribution to classical music in Ireland with the fifth Lifetime Achievement Award”.

Artists in Residence at the National Concert Hall and winners of the 1988 London International String Quartet Competition, the Vanbrugh Quartet has enjoyed a successful international career in Europe, the Americas and the Far East.

Based in Cork since 1986, the Quartet has also dedicated itself to bringing string quartet music to audiences throughout Ireland, having given more than one thousand concerts in venues ranging from small country schools to major city halls.

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 masterclass programme, supported by the National String Quartet Foundation, offers inspiration and support to Ireland’s younger generations of chamber musicians.
The Vanbrugh Quartet has consistently championed the work of Irish composers and has commissioned and performed numerous new works both at home and abroad. The Quartet’s extensive and critically acclaimed discography includes the complete Beethoven Quartets.

Previous recipients of the National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award include Paddy Moloney and the Chieftains (who received the inaugural award in 2012), Sir James Galway (2013), Dr. Veronica Dunne (2014) and Irish singer/songwriter Paul Brady (2015).

National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award Sculptor John Behan

The National Concert Hall commissioned Irish sculptor John Behan to develop a unique award that reflects Ireland and its strong cultural heritage. Taking inspiration from the Irish emblem of the harp the award is cast in bronze and sits on a polished Irish marble base.


PROGRAMME includes extracts from
Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Schubert Die Forelle/The Trout (song)
Schubert Trout’ Quintet
Schubert Quartet ‘Death and the Maiden’
Ravel Habanera
Brahms Piano Quintet
Mendelssohn Octet

Tickets: €45.50, €37.50, €32.50, €24.50
National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00 or www.nch.ie
For Further Media Information about the Vanbrugh Quartet and the National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award please contact: Sinead Doyle | 087 177 5334 | 01 4170057 or sinead.doyle@nch.ie

Notes for Editors:

The National Concert Hall is rated by performing artists as one of the finest concert halls in Europe. With weekly performances by its resident orchestra, The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, as well as a range of performances covering classical, opera, traditional, jazz, musicals and popular music The National Concert Hall caters for all musical tastes. The National Concert Hall’s vision is to excite and engage audiences with a musical programme that will enhance immeasurably the cultural life of Ireland. www.nch.ie