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The National Concert Hall Announces an Exciting New Chamber Music Series for Autumn/Winter with World-class Quartets and Artists

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28 Jun 2024

The National Concert Hall Announces an Exciting New Chamber Music Series for Autumn/Winter with World-class Quartets and Artists

Contempo Quartet (15th September 3pm) | Máire Carroll (26th & 27th September 8.30pm) | Pirosmani Quartet (29th September 3pm) | Esposito Quartet (13th October 3pm) | Lir Quartet (27th October 3pm) | Schubertreise (3rd November 3pm) | Lumiere Quartet (10th November 3pm) | Banbha Quartet (24th November 3pm) | Ficino Quartet (8th December 3pm) Kevin Barry Recital Room, National Concert Hall Tickets €17.50 (10% Discount for Friends of NCH) Tickets On Sale Now · Box Office Tel: 01 4170000

Press Release 10am Friday 28 June 

The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce an impressive new series of Chamber Music concerts featuring highly commended and accomplished Irish string quartets, as well as the return of acclaimed pianist Maire Carroll and the continuation of Conor Bigg’s epic Schubertreise recitals. The series sees a thrilling mix of Irish and international compositions and premieres to take place in the intimate surrounds of the NCH’s Kevin Barry Recital Room.  

On the 15th of September, the renowned ConTempo Quartet will open the series with Mozart’s String Quartet in D major K. 499 and a Dublin premiere of Raymond Deane’s String Quartet No. 7. The programme continues with Dobrinka Tabakova’s playful On a bench in the shade and Beethoven’s beloved String Quartet in C major Op. 59 No. 3. 
Pianist Máire Carroll makes a welcome return to the National Concert Hall on 26th and 27th September to perform two evenings of dazzling piano études from an array of female and male composers from 1816 to 2015. Composers include Frédéric Chopin, Hélène de Montgeroult, Claude Debussy, György Ligeti, Unsuk Chin, Philip Glass and Nikolai Kapustin. 
The 29th of September’s concert sees Mairéad Hickey’s Pirosmani Quartet treat us to Mozart’s charming D major Quartet K. 575, Dave Flynn’s stunning trad-classical crossover quartet, The Cranning, and Dvořák’s memorable G major quartet. 
On 13th October, the distinguished Esposito Quartet’s concert features Beethoven’s light-hearted A major quartet, Frost’s An Old Song, Half Forgotten, Janáček’s piano work In the Mists and Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade. 
The outstanding Lir Quartet’s October 27th recital sees them take on Fanny Mendelssohn’s 1834 string quartet before turning their attention to Bach’s Chorale Prelude BWV668.  They then present a Dublin premiere of Cork School of Music Graduate Harry O’Connor’s Summer Idyll. Brahms’ C minor quartet closes proceedings.  
The 31st instalment of Schubertreise takes place on November 3rd when Conor Biggs and Michel Stas treat us to a veritable feast of music including works inspired by the strange poetry of Novalis and other songs such as the slow-moving hymn ‘Himmelsfunken’ and the joyful ‘Das Mädchen’. 
On 10th November Claire Duff’s highly-regarded Lumiere Quartet will play with classical bows on gut strings, offering fresh interpretations of Mozart’s Dissonance Quartet and Mendelssohn’s A minor quartet. The programme also includes the Dublin premiere of Caterina Schembri’s new quartet Grüner Strahl commissioned by the National String Quartet Foundation. 
The Banbha Quartet take to the KBRR on November 24th for an afternoon of Beethoven (his String Quartet in F minor Op. 95) and Schubert (his String Quartet in D minor Death and the Maiden) plus a new work by Donegal fiddler and composer Seán Doherty, tracing the incorporation of the Polish folk-dance Mazurka into the Donegal fiddle tradition - Mazovia to Meenbanad. 
The last of 2024’s string quartet performances sees Elaine Clark’s Ficino Quartet perform on December 8th when they revive their memorable contribution to the NSQF’s 2020 Beethoven Reflected; four pieces by Amanda Feery, Garrett Sholdice, Cora Venus Lunny and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly inspired by and reflecting Beethoven’s breathtaking masterpiece, his A minor quartet Op. 132.  
All String Quartet performances are presented in association with the National String Quartet Foundation. 
Tickets €17.50  
On Sale Now 
10% Discount for Friends of NCH    
Box Office Tel: 01 4170000     
Media Queries: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-4170077/ 087-1775334 or or Roisin Dwyer, PR & Publications Executive, National Concert Hall 01-4170077 / 086-7129628   
About the National Concert Hall         
The National Concert Hall (NCH) is Ireland’s national cultural institution for music, proudly serving the Irish public since it opened in 1981 through live music performances and significant educational and cultural programmes. Based in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, next door to the picturesque Iveagh Gardens, the NCH is proud home to our National Symphony Orchestra, as well as providing residence for a range of other music organisations including Chamber Choir Ireland, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Music Network, Crash Ensemble and Music Generation. It is currently planning for a major redevelopment of all facilities as part of the National Development Plan and Project Ireland 2040.      
Faoin gCeoláras Náisiúnta   
Tá an Ceoláras Náisiúnta (CN) institiúid chultúrtha náisiúnta na hÉireann don cheol, a fhreastalaíonn go bródúil ar phobal na hÉireann ó osclaíodh é i 1981 trí thaibhithe ceoil beo agus cláir shuntasacha oideachais agus chultúrtha. Lonnaithe i gcroílár Bhaile Átha Cliath, agus béal dorais le Gairdíní Uíbh Eachach, tá an CN bródúil as ár gCeolfhoireann Shiansach Náisiúnta, chomh maith le háit chónaithe a chur ar fáil do réimse eagraíochtaí ceoil eile lena n-áirítear Cór Aireagail Éireann, Ceolfhoireann Bharócach na hÉireann, Music Network, Crash Ensemble agus Music Generation. Tá sé i gceist faoi láthair athfhorbairt mór á dhéanamh ar na háiseanna go léir mar chuid den Phlean Forbartha Náisiúnta agus de Thionscadal Éireann 2040.