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Siobhan Doyle, violin
Siun Milne, violin
Ed Creedon, viola
Christopher Ellis, cello 

BRITTEN: String Quartet No.3 Op.94 [1975]

Britten’s last completed instrumental work was written in 1975 during his final illness, the first four movements at his home in Aldeburgh and the fifth at Hotel Danieli, Venice. Britten worked on it with the Amadeus Quartet who premiered it at The Maltings, Snape, two weeks after the composer's death. Musicologist Brian Hogwood writes: ‘The third quartet, then, is where Britten officially takes his leave… this is the moment where he gives up his soul, in music of affecting beauty. The last movement ensures he leaves with his head held high, innovating and captivating to the very end’

MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in D major Op.44 No.1 [1838]

 The 28-year-old Felix Mendelssohn composed his three Opus 44 quartets during a period of great success and happiness in his life and this brilliant D major quartet is decidedly filled with light and and joy [Misha Amory]  


The Lir String Quartet was founded in 2017 by some of Ireland’s foremost musicians. They were invited by Barry Douglas to perform at the Clandeboye Festival for two consecutive years and have also given concerts as part of the Triskel Arts Centre, West Cork Music and National Concert Hall concert series’. In February 2019 the quartet performed at Aesynth; a festival of music, art and synaesthesia that was curated by violinist Siobhán Doyle and artist/synaesthete Jane Mackay.

The quartet members are based between Cork, London and Paris. Each passionate about chamber music, they have had regular appearances at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and have all performed at the National Concert Hall ‘Chamber Music Gathering’ series. All former winners of the ‘Clandeboye Young Musician of the Year’, they have had individual success as soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral players, appearing at festivals such as IMS Prussia Cove (UK), Festival de Pablo Casals (France) and Ortús Festival (Cork) and performing in venues such as the Lincoln Centre New York, Philharmonie de Paris and Musikverein in Vienna.