Lir Quartet with Christopher Marwood (cello)

SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2021
At 7.30pm

Lir Quartet with Christopher Marwood (cello)


Schubert’s Cello Quintet was the last piece of chamber music that he wrote prior to his premature death at the age of 31. A work of light and shade, serenity and drama, it is surely one of the most recognisable and beloved pieces of his chamber music output particularly the poignantly beautiful slow Adagio movement. For this performance, the Lir Quartet is joined by guest cellist Christopher Marwood.

This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval. Tickets to attend will be €20 and with restricted numbers, priority will be given to previous season ticket holders and Benefactors.

Programme


John Kinsella On hearing Purcell and Shostakovich at Bantry House – June 2008’
Schubert String Quintet in C major

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Our artists


LIR QUARTET

Mia Cooper, violin

Mia Cooper has lived in Dublin since her appointment as leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra in 2006. She previously held principal positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia, has appeared as guest leader of many of the UK’s symphony orchestras. Equally at home as a chamber musician, Mia has participated in chamber music festivals, in Ireland, the UK, France, India, and Lithuania. Mia studied with renowned pedagogue Yossi Zivoni at the Royal Northern College of Music, and continued her training at the Paris Conservatoire.  She teaches violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Siobhán Doyle, violin

Siobhán was born into a musical family and began learning the violin at the age of four with Emma Montenon. Her love of chamber music was cultivated during many summers at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and also during her time at the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded the Roger Raphael prize for her contribution to chamber music. Siobhán was a co-founder of the Lir String Quartet in 2017. Together they have given recitals in Triskel Arts Centre, St Brendan’s Church in Bantry and at the Clandeboye Music Festival at the invitation of Barry Douglas. She has also appeared at the Ortús Chamber Music Festival, the Cowbridge Music Festival (Wales) and the Aurora Festival (Sweden), and recent performances at the National Concert Hall include the NCH Chamber Music Gathering, the Gwendolyn Masin and Finghin Collins Series and the Musici Ireland 5×5 Summer Lunchtime Series.

David Kenny, viola

A native of Cork, David Kenny studied with Constantin Zanidache and Simon Aspell at the CIT Cork School of Music. He has worked with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He has played Principal Viola with the European Union Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. In 2016, David was appointed to the viola section of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

He has performed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Music in Drumcliffe and the Interlaken Classics Festival. He has collaborated with the Ficino Ensemble, Musici Ireland and the Vanbrugh Quartet. As violist with the Shandon String Trio he undertook a Chamber Studio mentorship under Richard Lester at Kings Place, London, last year. 

He has participated in masterclasses with Yuri Bashmet, Nobuko Imai, Bruno Giuranna, Maxim Rysanov, Lawrence Power and with members of the Alban Berg, Vanbrugh, Pacifica, Artemis, Vogler, Danel, Danish and Casals Quartets. 

Christopher Ellis, cello

Described as “a rapidly rising cello star” (The Irish Times), soloist Christopher has performed internationally at many festivals including SuperCello Festival Beijing, Piatigorsky Cello Festival Los Angeles and has appeared at festivals in Ireland. As an avid chamber musician, Ellis has shared the stage with artists such as Barnabás Kelemen, Lars Anders Tomter, Finghin Collins, and Marc Coppey. Christopher began his studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is currently completing a Masters degree at Rice University in Houston, Texas. In 2020, Christopher graduated from Paris Conservatoire where he was studying with Marc Coppey.

CHRISTOPHER MARWOOD, CELLO

Christopher Marwood graduated from Cambridge University in 1983 and went on to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Conservatorium Maastricht. His cello teachers included Florence Hooton, David Strange, Ralph Kirshbaum, William Pleeth and Radu Aldulescu. His chamber music mentor for many years was Emmanuel Hurwitz.

As cellist of the Vanbrugh Quartet for 32 years, Christopher Marwood enjoyed a busy career performing throughout Ireland and touring worldwide. The Quartet released over thirty CDs encompassing a wide range of repertoire and including the complete Beethoven quartets (“fine enough to bear comparison with any set” Fanfare, USA). They built up a considerable repertoire including at least sixty Irish works, many of them commissions or premieres. The Quartet’s contribution to music in Ireland was formally recognized in 2016 when they were presented with the National Concert Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Christopher co-founded the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 1996 and remains director of the Festival’s masterclass programme. He is also director of the National String Quartet Foundation which curates and sponsors some fifty concerts nationwide each year, supporting Irish musicians and concert promoters. He teaches at CIT Cork School of Music and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and continues to perform both as soloist and as chamber musician.  His recent CD of works by Boris Tchaikovsky was nominated for the 2019 International Classical Music Awards

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This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval.

Tickets to attend will be €20 and with restricted numbers, priority will be given to previous season ticket holders and Benefactors.

TICKETS
€20

WHEN
Saturday 13th November 2021 at 7.30pm

WHERE
St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda

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