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
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.
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 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:
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 BehanThe 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
NATIONAL CONCERT HALL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2016
SUNDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2016, 8PM
Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Schubert Die Forelle/The Trout (song)
Schubert ‘Trout’ Quintet
Schubert Quartet ‘Death and the Maiden’
Brahms Piano Quintet
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 firstname.lastname@example.org