Friday 15 December 2017

Vanbrugh Quartet perform for final time in Drogheda

Ireland's most famous quartet will give their very last performance in Drogheda, it has been revealed.

Following a truly memorable weekend of music in a packed St Peter's Church of Ireland last week, the Drogheda International Classical Music Series presents one of the final performances by the famous Vanbrugh Quartet.

The group will give their last performance on Friday, February 17th before first violinist Gregory Ellis leaves to concentrate on teaching and exploring new activities.

Regarded as one of Europe's most successful quartets, they will perform a programme of short works including Zhou Long's sprightly Song of the Ch'in and Barber's haunting Adagio for Strings, made famous by the film "Platoon". In the second half, they will be joined by guest cellist Bill Butt to perform Schubert's epic Cello Quintet. Often referred to as the greatest piece of chamber music ever written, it is loved by many for its sublime and romantic second movement.

Formed over 30 years ago, the Vanbrugh Quartet was appointed the RTÉ Quartet in residence in 1986, two years before they went on to win the prestigious London International String Quartet Competition. The concert begins at 7.30pm and take place in St Peter's Church of Ireland. Tickets are €18 / €16 conc. / €5 children & students. Booking through Droichead Arts Centre on 041 9833946 or

Drogheda Independent

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