Thanks to everyone who helped make the concert on 15th such a memorable night. A packed house in UCC’s Aula Maxima (sincere apologies to those who were turned away at the door), fantastic performances and lots of background from Evelyn Grant all combined to create a very special event. Particular thanks to UCC and to President Patrick O’Shea for hosting the evening.

If you would like to see the concert programme, it is available for download here.

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Some interesting background on the RTE String Quartet Residency in Cathy Desmond’s article for the Irish Examiner 13th June 2019:

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Coming up…

Friday 26th July at 6pm - The Ophelia Quartet in Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork
Saturday 27th July at 1pm - The Ophelia Quartet at Mallow Arts Festival - St James’ Church


The National String Quartet Foundation is a legacy of the work of the Vanbrugh Quartet. Resident Quartet to RTE from 1986 to 2013 and Artists in Residence at University College, Cork from 1990 until the retirement of violinist Gregory Ellis in 2017, the Vanbrugh Quartet gave nearly two thousand concerts throughout Ireland as well as enjoying a successful international career.

The Foundation creates and sponsors projects which bring live chamber music to audiences throughout Ireland. It is committed to supporting musicians who wish to explore and perform the string quartet repertoire and to helping concert promoters present this rich and rewarding music. Please read more about the Foundation here

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