The Vanbrugh String Quartet at The Source Arts Centre Thurles

The Vanbrugh Quartet are travelling to nine counties on their autumn tour this year, The Source Arts Centre Thurles being one of those privileged venues to play host.


The longevity of the Vanbrugh Quartet is due in no small part to the Irish people. As students of the 1980s in London the young quartet responded to a newspaper advertisement for the position of a resident string quartet to our national broadcaster Ireland RTÉ. Beating off stiff competition they secured one of the most durable and creative positions in quartet history.

The Vanbrugh String Quartet at The Source Arts Centre Thurles. Picture: Miki Barlok

The Vanbrugh String Quartet at
The Source Arts Centre Thurles. Picture: Miki Barlok


Their landmark first prize in the Yehudi Menhuin London International String Quartet Competition in 1988 launched their international career. Numerous commercial recordings followed culminating in the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets released in 1996. That same year they co-founded the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry, now frequented by the most bespoke musicians on the chamber music circuit. Situated on Ireland’s mystical south-west coast, the festival today is a beacon of excellence for top performers, music lovers, and young musicians alike.

In 2015 the Vanbrugh Quartet established the National String Quartet Foundation as their legacy. The foundation aspires to support string quartets, chamber musicians, and composers of the present and future generations. They are recognised for beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation.


Three of the best loved classical quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert are complemented in this programme by new work from Ireland’s most prolific composer for string quartet, Ian Wilson. Ian composed the ‘Linte’ quartet in honour of first violinist Gregory Ellis and will attend the performance at The Source and share a few words about the piece.



Haydn: String Quartet in D Major Op 76 No. 5
Ian Wilson: Linte
Beethoven: String Quartet No.11 in F minor Op.95

Schubert: String Quartet No.14 D.810  ‘Death and the Maiden’


The Vanbrugh String Quartet

The Source Arts Centre Thurles

Saturday 22 October @ 8pm

Box Office 0504 90204

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