With the support of Cork County Council and the Arts Council, the National String Quartet Foundation presents these concerts as part of its Autumn 2018 season

Friday 21st September CULTURE NIGHT

The Doolan Quartet play at the Methodist Church, KINSALE, 9.30 - 10.15 pm
The Presto Quartet play in DONERAILE, Doneraile Court, Main Street 7pm - 8pm

Sunday October 7th at 4pm - St James' Church, MALLOW
Sunday October 14th at 3pm - The Inkwell Theatre, MINANE BRIDGE, CARRIGALINE


David McElroy & Rachael Masterson, violins
Martha Campbell, viola
Grace Coughlan, cello


Beethoven - Quartet in C minor Op.18/4
Daragh Black Hynes - Procession
Schubert - Quartet in D minor 'Death and the Maiden'

Beethoven’s C minor quartet is fourth in the set of six quartets with which he burst to fame in 1801. Sharing the same key and sense of drama as his fifth symphony, it remains a favourite with audiences today.

Viennese composer Franz Schubert was just twenty seven years old, impoverished and terminally ill, when he wrote his ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet, in 1824. This much loved masterpiece contrasts high drama with achingly beautiful music, culminating in the last movement’s famous tarantella.

The programme also includes a short, fascinating new piece by young Dubliner Daragh Black Hynes, one of the winners of this year’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival composition competition.

Tickets for Mallow 7th October at 4pm: E15 from 087 649 2514 or 086 255 8199
Tickets for Minane Bridge 14th October at 3pm: E15 (E10 for U17s) from or 086 071 1910

Saturday November 3rd at 8pm - Sirius Arts Centre, COBH (please note this is a change of venue)

with Simon Aspell, viola and Christopher Marwood, cello

Haydn: String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4 Sunrise
Linda Buckley: Haza for string quartet and electronics
Brahms: String Sextet in G major Op.36

Formed in Bucharest in 1995, Galway’s Ensemble in Residence since 2003 and RTE’s Resident Quartet since 2013, the multiple award-winning ConTempo Quartet is Ireland’s longest established string quartet. They combine performance of the classical quartet repertoire with a strong commitment to Ireland’s composers. Haydn’s glorious, uplifting ‘Sunrise’ Quartet is contrasted in this programme with Cork composer Linda Buckley’s moving tribute to the great Hungarian composer Bela Bartok. The ConTempo are joined by former members of the Vanbrugh Quartet, Simon Aspell and Christopher Marwood, for Brahms’ magical G major sextet.

Tickets available from

Saturday November 17th at 3pm - The Mall Arts Centre, YOUGHAL

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

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. 

Sunday December 2nd at 3pm - St Brendan's Church, BANTRY
The Doolan Quartet
Beethoven - Quartet in C minor Op.18/4
Daragh Black Hynes - Procession
Schubert - Quartet in D minor 'Death and the Maiden'

Tickets E12 / E8 for U18s and students available from or 027 52788