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Sunday String Quartet Series - Beethoven Quartets

Sunday 20th SEptember CANCELLED
Sunday 4th OCtober caNCELLED
sunday 18th OCtober caNCELLED


A series of mid-afternoon Sunday String Quartet concerts celebrating the music of Beethoven in this his 250th anniversary year. 

The series is supported by The Irish Times & Newstalk as media partners

Lir Quartet


Sunday 20th September, 3pm

Patrick Rafter violin
Siobhán Doyle violin
Ed Creedon viola
Christopher Ellis cello

Beethoven   String Quartet F major Op. 18, No. 1
Beethoven   String Quartet in E flat major Op. 127

The Lir Quartet opens the National String Quartet Foundation’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven. Originally founded for Barry Douglas’ 2017 Clandeboye Festival the quartet is made up of four of Ireland’s young musical superstars. They play the early F major quartet Op. 18, No. 1 with its extraordinary slow movement depicting the tomb scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and the majestic, expansive E flat major quartet Op. 127, the first of the late quartets, written in 1825.


Banbha Quartet CANCELLED

Sunday 4th OCtober, 3pm

Lidia Jewloszewicz-Clarke violin
Maria Ryan violin
Robin Panter viola
Aoife Burke cello

Beethoven    String Quartet in D major Op.18, No.3
Beethoven    String Quartet in F major Op.59, No.1 

The Banbha Quartet is a new formation made up of four gifted and experienced chamber musicians. They present what is believed to be the first of the Op.18 quartets to have been written, No.3 in D major, together with the first of the three middle period quartets Op.59 commissioned in 1806 by prince Andrey Razumovsky, the Russian ambassador to Vienna. ​​

Banbha Quartet

Vanbrugh Quartet

Vanbrugh Quartet CANCELLED

SUnday 18th OCtober, 3pm

Keith Pascoe violin 
Elizabeth Charleson violins 
Simon Aspell, viola
Christopher Marwood cello                                  
Beethoven String Quartet in G major Op.18, No. 2
Beethoven String Quartet in E flat major Op. 74

The Vanbrugh Quartet was based in Cork from 1986 to 2017 and gave close to three thousand concerts worldwide as well as releasing more than thirty CDs of repertoire ranging from the complete Beethoven quartets to many contemporary Irish works. Members of the Vanbrugh Quartet come together once more to help mark this unique celebration of Beethoven’s music. They will present the charming and witty G major quartet Op.18 No.2 written in 1800 and the E flat quartet Op.74 from 1809, the same year as the ‘Emperor’ piano concerto and a year which saw Vienna bombarded and occupied by Napoleon. 

The safety of artists, audiences and staff has been considered paramount in the creation of this music programme of in-venue concerts and all necessary Covid-19 safety measures have been put in place, compliant with NPHET recommendations and HSE guidelines, to ensure the return to live music is both safe and enjoyable. In particular, the events will conform to the current limit of 50 people in a controlled, theatre environment and this will include the performers and NCH staff working on the event. See Covid 19 Guidelines for details of measures put in place at NCH.