Vanbrugh Quartet return to Ballina Arts Centre
As part of a nationwide tour, the Vanbrugh Quartet will perform at Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday 19th November, at 8pm.
The programme for the concert includes much-loved classical quartets by Haydn and Beethoven as well as a new work by Ireland’s most prolific composer for string quartet, Ian Wilson. The D major quartet by Haydn is famous for a sublime slow movement and scampering finale. Beethoven’s ‘Serioso’ F minor quartet shows the composer at his most terse, packing huge emotion and energy into a remarkably short quartet.
The second part of the concert will feature Shostakovich’s great third quartet from 1946. The composer suggested that this quartet was based on the recent world war, expressing how innocence was taken over by troubled anticipation, conflict and mourning, leaving only memories and the eternal question of what the sacrifice had achieved.
The Quartet will perform the world premiere of Ian Wilson’s string quartet ‘Linte’, which was written as a gift for the first violinist, Gregory Ellis, who will be retiring at the end of the 2016/2017 season. Gregory Ellis has been with the quartet since its foundation over thirty years ago and in that time the Vanbrugh has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Ian Wilson. The Quartet commissioned his first string Quartet ‘Winter’s Edge’ in 1992.
The Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellis: violin, Keith Pascoe: violin, Simon Aspell: viola, and Christopher Marwood: cello) has enjoyed a successful international career throughout Europe, the Americas and the Far East since winning the 1988 London International String Quartet Competition. Based in Cork since 1986 and currently Ensemble in Residence at the National Concert Hall, the quartet has given more than one thousand concerts in venues ranging from small country schools to major city halls. The Quartet has commissioned and performed numerous new works at home and abroad. The Vanbrugh’s extensive and critically acclaimed discography includes the complete Beethoven quartets.