THE NATIONAL STRING QUARTET FOUNDATION

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.

In its first full year of operation, 2018, the Foundation secured Arts Council funding to present a spring season of ten concerts in Cork City and County, followed by an autumn season of twenty seven concerts for fourteen promoters nationwide. The 2019 season will build on this with at least forty concerts given by eleven string quartets, all of them with Irish connections.

The Foundation also curates and sponsors the annual Chamber Music Gathering at the National Concert Hall. The third edition of this inspiring event presented thirty four Irish musicians in three remarkable sold out concerts on the first Saturday of January 2019.

The string quartet masterclass programme at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival was established by the Vanbrugh Quartet in 1999 and is now sponsored and managed by the Foundation. It has given over one hundred and fifty young Irish musicians a powerful and inspiring introduction to the world of professional chamber music. Many of those musicians are now appearing in the Foundation’s concert programmes.

As well as it current substantial Arts Grant Funding from the Arts Council, The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its founding partner UCC and the support of Cork City and County Councils.  

The National String Quartet Foundation CLG is a registered charity No.20200357

EXECUTIVE & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Christopher Marwood

MEMBERS OF THE COMPANY

Virginia Teehan
John Horgan
Carmel Best
Ian Wilson
Simon Taylor
Pauline MacSweeney
Deborah Kelleher

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Horgan
David Stang
Carmel Best

COMPANY SECRETARY

Pauline MacSweeney

LEGAL ADVISOR

Eoin Tobin

ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD

Gregory Ellis
Keith Pascoe
Simon Aspell
Christopher Marwood