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With the support of the Arts Council and Cork City Council, the National String Quartet Foundation presents four Saturday lunchtime concerts at Cork’s Triskel Christchurch, as part of its nationwide autumn season

Please click here for advance booking. Triskel are now doing allocated seating so advance booking will enable you both to skip the queue and to get the seats you want.


OPHELIA QUARTET - Saturday September 14th at 1.10pm

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Ophelia Quartet

Phoebe White
Colma Ní Bhriain
Seamus Hickey
Killian White

Mendelssohn String Quartet No.2, Op.13
Ravel String Quartet in F major

Made up of four of our outstanding young artists, the Ophelia Quartet made their concert debut earlier this summer at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Mendelssohn wrote his Op.13 quartet as a teenager, just a few months after Beethoven’s death, and in deep fascination with the master’s late quartets. Ravel’s 1903 quartet exudes a heady blend of classicism and exoticism which has seen it become a firm favourite amongst both musicians and audiences.

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LIR QUARTET - Saturday 12th October at 1.10pm

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Lir Quartet

Patrick Rafter
Siobhán Doyle
Ed Creedon
Christopher Ellis

Schubert String Quartet in E flat major D.87
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3 in F major Op. 73 

Founded for Barry Douglas’ 2017 Clandeboye Festival, the Lir Quartet is one of Ireland’s most exciting chamber groups and they are joined for their tour this autumn by violinist Patrick Rafter. Schubert’s E flat quartet D.87 is a masterpiece of Viennese charm and elegance, written in 1813 when Schubert was just 17. Shostakovich’s third quartet, from 1946, is one of the finest, most evocative works in the repertoire, a heart-rending response to the horror of the second world war.

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CONTEMPO QUARTET with ELLEN JANSSON - Saturday November 2nd at 1.10pm


ConTempo Quartet

Bogdan Sofei
Ingrid Nicola
Andreea Banciu
Adrian Mantu
Ellen Jansson, piano

Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op.10
Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor Op.34

Formed in Bucharest in 1995, Galway’s Ensemble in Residence since 2003 and RTE’s Resident Quartet from 2013 until 2019, the multiple award-winning ConTempo Quartet is Ireland’s longest established string quartet. Turner was one of Debussy's favourite painters, and the sense of motion and activity in Turner's skies and seas finds its way into this stunning, sensual quartet from 1893. Cork pianist Ellen Jansson joins the quartet for Brahms’ magnificent piano quintet, published in 1865.

Please note Adrian Mantu is unavailable for this concert and will be replaced by Christopher Marwood

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FICINO QUARTET - Saturday 7th December at 1.10pm

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Ficino Quartet

Elaine Clark
Lynda O'Connor
Nathan Sherman
Ailbhe McDonagh

Haydn String Quartet in D major Op. 76 No. 5
Donnacha Dennehy ‘Stamp (to avoid erotic thoughts)’
William Walton String Quartet No. 2 in A minor

Ficino Ensemble was formed by Artistic Director Nathan Sherman in 2012 as a flexible group aiming to perform popular chamber music alongside lesser known works that deserve to be appreciated. The Quartet features four outstanding musicans who are building an impressive reputation and an exciting repertoire. Their programme opens with one of Haydn’s finest string quartets – the one with the other-worldly slow movement in F sharp major and the riotous finale. Donnacha Dennehy’s rhythmically entertaining Stamp provides an interlude before a major and rarely heard British masterpiece from 1946, William Walton’s second string quartet, written just two years after his celebrated score for Laurence Olivier’s film of Shakespeare’s Henry V

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