Vanbrugh Quartet to perform Sunday Matinees Feb. 2015

Vanbrugh Quartet - Schubert and Haydn Series Sundays 8, 15, 22 February, 3.00pm University Church, 87A St Stephen's Green Tickets: €15 | National Concert Box Office, www.nch.ie , 01 417 0000

DIT’s ensemble-in-residence, The Vanbrugh Quartet, perform a series of Sunday afternoon concerts this February, focusing on the music of Schubert and Haydn. The series is part of a three-year residency by the Vanbrugh Quartet at the National Concert Hall, supported by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. The concerts take place on Sunday 8, 15 and 22 February at 3pm in University Church on St Stephen’s Green.

Winner of the 1988 London International String Quartet Competition and now in its twenty-fourth concert season, the Vanbrugh Quartet is one of Europe's most successful ensembles internationally recognised for its beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation within an unusually wide and varied range of repertoire. The Quartet enjoys a thriving international career with past appearances including concerts in Berlin (Konzerthaus), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Hungary (Liszt Academy). The quartet tours the USA on a regular basis with performances in Carnegie Hall, New York and The Kennedy Centre in Washington. The quartet is based in Cork as artists-in-residence at University College Cork and has been ensemble-in-residence at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama since 2009.

On Sunday 8 February, the Vanbrugh will perform: Haydn - String Quartet No. 53 in D major ("The Lark"), Op. 64, No. 5 and Schubert - String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death & the Maiden”.

On Sunday 15 February: Haydn - String Quartet No. 59 in G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3, Hob.III:74, "The Rider" and Schubert - String Quartet No. 15 in G major, Op 161, D. 887.

On Sunday 22 February: Haydn - String Quartet in C major "The Bird", Hob.III:39 op33 no3 “the Bird” and Schubert - String Quintet in C major (D. 956, Op. posth. 163)

As part of the concert series, the Vanbrugh will lead a masterclass at the National Concert Hall on Wednesday 11 February, coaching young, promising chamber groups from DIT Conservatory and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Over 20 young students will participate as performers in the masterclass and a further 75 students from secondary school orchestral programmes will observe.