Supporting musicians - building audiences

The National String Quartet Foundation supports and creates projects which bring live chamber music to audiences in Cork and throughout Ireland. Its primary focus is on the the string quartet and on those who wish to explore this amazing art form, with a particular emphasis on Ireland's young professional string players

Last concerts in the Foundation's spring series coming up:

The Beara Quartet perform a programme of string quartets by Mozart, Smetana and Emma O’Halloran at Triskel Christchurch, Cork on Saturday 12th May at 1 and in Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen on Sunday 13th May at 3.

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The four outstanding musicians making up the quartet are violinists Siobhan Doyle and Jane Hackett, violist David Kenny and cellist Eugene Lamy Alves. Between them they are graduates of CIT Cork School of Music, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. All have represented Ireland in the European Union Youth Orchestra. The Beara Quartet was formed in 2016 and has taken part twice in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. The Quartet has also performed in venues around  Cork City and County for the National String Quartet Foundation

The Quartet will play Mozart’s stunning ‘Dissonance’ Quartet, still sounding exploratory and fresh after more than 200 years, Emma O’Halloran’s prize-winning Quartet ‘Flashover’, written for the 2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival and Smetana’s vivid autobiographical masterpiece ‘From my Life’.

Please see our Events page for details of more upcoming concerts


Cork City and County string quartet series
The Vanbrugh with Micahel McHale - national tour
Ortus Chamber Music Festival, Cork
The Vanbrugh at UCC - series of piano quartets with Michael McHale continues
Gala Fundraiser Saturday 16th June
West Cork Chamber Music Festival Young Musicians’ Platform
Cork City Council Classics in the Park

The Foundation relies on donations from supporters. 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: