West Cork Music’s autumn concert series opens on Sunday October 1st at 3pm with The Vanburgh and Friends in St Brendan’s Church, Bantry.
The Vanbrugh, violinist Marja Gaynor, viola player Ed Creedon and double bass player Stéphane Petiet will be performing two much-loved works from the extended chamber music repertoire – Beethoven’s String Quintet Op. 104 and Dvo?ák’s String Quintet Op. 77.
Beethoven wrote his darkly beautiful C minor piano trio Op.1 No.3 in 1795 and it became one of his most popular chamber works. He published this string quintet arrangement in 1819. Dvo?ák’s Op.77 quintet adds the depth of the double bass to the instruments of the string quartet and together with Dvo?ák’s love of melody and rhythmic vitality, the result is a glorious and joyful musical celebration.
The Vanbrugh has evolved from the work of the Vanbrugh Quartet which was based in Cork as RTE’s Resident Quartet from 1986 to 2013 and as Artists-in-Residence at University College, Cork from 1990 until the retirement of violinist Gregory Ellis in 2017. Over three decades
the quartet gave close to three thousand concerts, presenting the chamber music repertoire to audiences throughout Ireland, Europe, the Americas, and the Far East. In 2016 the group was presented with the National Concert Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their contribution to music in Ireland.
Tickets will be available at the door on the day, online at www.westcorkmusic.ie/events/2023/the-vanbrugh-friends/ or by ringing the West Cork Music office at 027 52788.