Friday October 5th - The Navarra Quartet


Magnus Johnston and Marije Johnston, violins,  Simone van der Giessen, viola, Brian O’Kane, cello

Haydn - Quartet Op.20 No.2
Peteris Vasks - Quartet No.4
Schubert – Quartet in G major

The first concert in the National String Quartet Foundation’s autumn season at Belltable welcomes the Navarra Quartet, prizewinners at competitions in Canada, Australia and Italy and with an international reputation as one of today’s most dynamic and poetic string quartets. Their membership includes Irish cellist Brian O’Kane. They will play one of Haydn’s charming yet sophisticated early quartet, Latvian composer Peteris Vasks’ richly atmospheric fourth quartet and Schubert’s epic, monumental G major string quartet.

Friday November 16th - The Shandon Quartet

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Siun Milne and Brendan Garde, violins, David Kenny, viola, Aoife Burke, cello

Haydn – Quartet Op.76 No.3
Raymond Deane – Embers
Schumann – Quartet Op.41 No.3

Four of Cork’s brightest musical stars have come together as the Shandon Quartet. Haydn’s 62nd String Quartet, ‘Emperor’, abounds with charm and vitality, incorporating folk dance rhythms and some stunning virtuosity. Raymond Deane wrote his quartet Embers in 1973 when he was only twenty years old and it remains one of his best loved works. Schumann’s third quartet is lyrical, dramatic, full of conflicting emotions and is abundant in beautiful musical references to Clara, his wife. 

Friday December 7th - The Lir Quartet

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Mairead Hickey and Siobhan Doyle, violins, Ed Creedon, viola, Chris Ellis, cello

Debussy – Quartet
Sean Doherty – Devil’s Dream
Beethoven – Quartet Op.69 No.3

Founded for Barry Douglas’ 2017 Clandeboye Festival, the Lir Quartet is one of Ireland’s most exciting chamber groups. Their programme for Belltable includes Debussy’s lyrical, sensuous string quartet and a stunning new work by Donegal composer Sean Doherty which weaves traditional and classical together in a captivating musical tapestry. They will finish with Beethoven’s third ‘Rasoumovsky’ Quartet, renowned for its fearsome virtuosity.