Vanbrugh and Friends

Friday 19 April 2024
At 7.00pm

Presenting Vanbrugh and Friends 

Closing the 2023/24 series of concerts, the Vanbrugh Quartet are joined by Marja Gaynor and Ed Creedon in a glorious programme of rich and sonorous chamber works by Beethoven and Brahms. This celebrated collection of musicians has always been a hit with Drogheda audiences.


Beethoven String Quintet Op.4
Brahms String Quintet Op.111

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The Vanbrugh, often styled The Vanbrugh and Friends and previously the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, is an Irish classical musical group. The resident string quartet to Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland’s national broadcasting service, until 2013, and collectively artists-in-residence to University College Cork, the Quartet members were also founders of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

The group comprises Keith Pascoe on violins, Simon Aspell on viola and Christopher Marwood with cello, and they add 1-2 members for each performance. The quartet was co-founded with Gregory Ellis and was is part of RTÉ Performing Groups. 

The Vanbrugh Quartet also broadcasts frequently for BBC Radio 3 and performs regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall and South Bank. 

Past appearances include concerts in Berlin (Konzerthaus), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Hungary (Liszt Academy), Poland (Lancut Festival), Spain (Galicia Festival), Flanders Festival, Menuhin Festival, Gstaad plus numerous visits to Scandinavia where recordings were made of the complete Beethoven quartets. The quartet tours the USA on a regular basis with performances in Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Hyperion released two Vanbrugh Quartet CDs of chamber music by Charles Villiers Stanford. The Quartet’s recent recording of three of Boccherini’s cello quintets on Hyperion was featured as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. 

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Friday 19 April 2024
Pre-concert talk at 7.00pm, performance at 7.30pm

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