|Friday March 8th 8pm|
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THE LIR QUARTET -Pre-concert talk by the musicians at 7pm for all ticket holders
Siobhan Doyle, violin, Siun Milne, violin, Ed Creedon, viola, Christopher Ellis, cello.
Four of Ireland’s young classical musical superstars formed the The Lir Quartet at Barry Douglas’ Clandeboye Festival in 2017. Their fresh, exciting approach to music has won them admirers throughout the country and they return for their third tour for the National String Quartet Foundation with a wonderfully contrasted programme of works by Britten and Mendelssohn.
At 7pm the musicians will discuss the background to the music in their programme, playing some illustrative excerpts and talking about their connection with this rich and rewarding music.
BRITTEN: String Quartet No.3 Op.94 
Britten’s last completed instrumental work was written in 1975 during his final illness, the first four movements at his home in Aldeburgh, and the fifth at Hotel Danieli, Venice. Britten worked on it with the Amadeus Quartet who premiered it at The Maltings, Snape, two weeks after the composer's death. Musicologist Brian Hogwood writes: ‘The third quartet, then, is where Britten officially takes his leave… this is the moment where he gives up his soul, in music of affecting beauty. The last movement ensures he leaves with his head held high, innovating and captivating to the very end’
MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in D major Op.44 No.1 
The 28-year-old Felix Mendelssohn composed his three Opus 44 quartets during a period of great success and happiness in his life and this brilliant D major quartet is decidedly filled with light and joy [Misha Amory].
THE QUARTET MEMBERS
Siobhán Doyle is a London-based violinist who is currently pursuing a varied career of solo, chamber music and orchestral activities. Highlights from 2018 include a solo performance with the Dublin Symphony Orchestra, tours across Europe, Asia and the United States with the London Symphony Orchestra and chamber music performances at the Clandeboye Festival, the National String Quartet Foundation Spring and Autumn Concert Series and ‘Autumn Sounds’ Concert Series in Farmleigh House alongside Duo Chagall.
She has appeared as a principal player with orchestras including Manchester Camerata, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Britten Pears Orchestra. Passionate about chamber music, she was a co-founder of the Lir Quartet in 2017.
Siobhán was born in Dublin and began learning the violin at the age of four with Emma Montenon. After continuing with Maeve Broderick and Gillian Williams, she received a full scholarship to study with Leland Chen at the Royal Northern College of Music. Siobhán currently studies with Nurit Start in Berlin.
In early 2017 Siobhán formed an artistic collaborative with artist and synaesthete Jane Mackay, setting up Aesynth Festival; a festival of art, music and synaesthesia that will take place in February 2019.
Siún Milne studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Nicolette Moonen and Mateja Marinkovic. She was a finalist in numerous competitions including the Royal Academy Delius Prize, Brahms Prize, Wolf Wolfinsohn String Quartet Competition and Clandeboye Young Musician Competition. Siún was awarded the Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholarship for the duration of her studies.
Siún is a keen chamber musician and has performed with a variety of ensembles throughout her career including the Royal Academy of Music Baroque Soloists at Wigmore Hall, Kirkos Ensemble, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Musici Ireland and the London Concertante. Siun has participated in masterclasses with Gerhard Schulz at IMS Prussia Cove, Sarah Chang, Thomas Brandis, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Benjamin Schmid, Eric Höbarth and Rachel Podger.
As a part of Ólafur Arnald’s string quartet, Siún performed at the Montruex Jazz Festival, Cross-Linx Festival, Volksbühne Berlin and has toured the UK with Arnald’s soundtrack for “Broadchurch” including sold out shows in the Barbican, London. She has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Mícheál O’ Suilleabháin, Frankie Gavin, singer-songwriter Rumer on BBC’s Later with Jools Holland, Loah at the National Concert Hall and recently Lisa Gerrard (The Gladiator soundtrack) at the Royal Albert Hall.
She plays regularly with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and is currently assistant lecturer at CIT Cork School of Music.
Ed Creedon enjoys a varied career as a viola player, performing chamber music, in recitals and as an orchestral musician. In 2017, he performed duo recitals with pianist Sabine Ducrot, took part in the National Concert Hall Chamber Music Gathering, performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas, and toured throughout Ireland, Austria and Germany with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Recent highlights include performances of works by Mozart, Brahms and Mendelssohn with the Vanbrugh Quartet, as well as appearances with the Ficino Ensemble in Dublin, the Piatti Quartet in the U.K., at the Clandeboye Festival in Belfast, Ortús Festival in Cork and the Killaloe Festival. For four consecutive summers he took part in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Young Musician's Programme, performing with the Cepheus, Sonoro and Hydra quartets.
As an orchestral musician, Ed has toured throughout Europe, North America and Asia with the World Youth Chamber Orchestra and European Union Youth Orchestra, and he plays regularly with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin.
Born in Cork, for many years Ed was a student of Constantin Zanidache at the Cork School of Music. Since 2012 he has been mentored by Simon Aspell.
20-year-old Irish cellist Christopher Ellis has been described as “a rapidly rising cello star” (The Irish Times). Christopher, born in London, began his studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music studying piano with Marta Erdei and cello with Aisling Drury Byrne. Christopher is now studying at the Paris Conservatoire with French cellist Marc Coppey.
Christopher has appeared at festivals in Ireland and internationally including Festival de Pablo Casals (France), Piatigorsky International Cello Festivals (Los Angeles), Cello Biennale Amsterdam, West Cork Chamber Music Festival. More recently, Christopher has performed at the Fête du violon (France), Clandeboye Festival (Northern Ireland), @The Drawing Room Dublin and at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.
Whilst studying at Paris Conservatoire, Christopher has explored contemporary music and is studying with Eric-Maria Couturier of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Alongside classmates at the Paris Conservatoire, Christopher performed at the Venice International Festival of Contemporary Music in a concert dedicated to French composer Pierre Boulez. Christopher plays on the ‘O’Neill Cello’ made by Conor Russell kindly on loan to him from a private donor.
THE NATIONAL STRING QUARTET FOUNDATION
The National String Quartet Foundation is a legacy of the work of the Vanbrugh Quartet. Resident Quartet to RTE from 1986 to 2013 and Artists in Residence at University College, Cork from 1990 until the retirement of violinist Gregory Ellis in 2017, the Vanbrugh Quartet gave nearly two thousand concerts throughout Ireland as well as enjoying a successful international career.
The Foundation creates and sponsors projects which bring live chamber music to audiences throughout Ireland. It is committed to supporting musicians who wish to explore and perform the string quartet repertoire and to helping concert promoters present this rich and rewarding music.
With the support of major funding from the Arts Council, the Foundation’s autumn 2018 series presented nine quartets in twenty seven concerts for fourteen promoters nationwide. The Foundation curates and sponsors both the annual NCH Chamber Music Gathering and the string quartet masterclass programme at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival