Supporting musicians - building audiences


The National String Quartet Foundation creates and supports projects which bring live chamber music to audiences throughout Ireland. Its upcoming Autumn 2019 season, funded by the Arts Council, Cork County Council and Cork City Council, will present ten string quartets, all Irish based or including Irish musicians, in thirty four concerts nationwide.

The Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign, based around the gala concert on Saturday June 15th, is needed to raise money for its three current sponsorship projects:

  • The masterclass programme at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, a rich source of inspiration for many of our emerging string players over the past twenty years

  • The annual Chamber Music Gathering at the National Concert Hall, which brings around thirty top Irish musicians together in cross-generational collaborations, culminating in a remarkable day of three concerts on the first Saturday in January.

  • The annual Ortús Chamber Music Festival brings together leading Irish and international musicians in a weekend of unique concerts in Cork City and County in early spring.

If you can’t make the concert on June 15th, please consider making a donation to our 2019 Fundraising Campaign. The National String Quartet Foundation is a registered charity.


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

The Foundation is a registered charity No.20200357. We rely on donations from supporters, so if chamber music has made a difference to your life, please consider making a donation. 


If you would like to contact us to discuss any aspect of the Foundation, please use the Contact link above.

The Foundation is profoundly grateful to its founding sponsors: