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Vanbrugh & Friends in Concert

……..Spring Quintet & Spring Sextet……music for all seasons….

Sat 23rd March 2024   Doors open at 15.30pm16:00 - 17:00

THE VANBRUGH &  FRIENDS, made up of  Keith Pascoe, violin,  Marja Gaynor, violin Simon Aspell, viola, Ed Creedon, viola, Christopher Marwood, cello &  Maria O’Connor, cello  will, once again, on 23rd March enchant us  at The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, with their magical programme as follows


  • Beethoven      String Quintet in E flat major Op.4 [1795]
  • Brahms           String Sextet in G major Op.36 [1865]

Admission Adult:€18.00
Concessions:            €15.00

Tickets may be purchased online at Livingyoughal.ie
and/or in personal at Living Youghal, 85, Main Street, Youghal, Co. Cork

and/or at Theatre Door on the night.


The Vanbrugh and their guests present two fine and highly contrasted works from the extended chamber music repertoire. Beethoven’s early string quintet Op.4 is his own re-working of his wind octet written in Vienna in 1793 where there was great demand for light-hearted wind band music.
The arrangement for strings offers an attractive and elegant lightness of touch. In contrast, Brahms’ extraordinary G major sextet is the work of a composer at the peak of his powers, its mood ranging from the restrained beauty of the opening bars to the boisterous party music in the scherzo and the relaxed playfulness of the finale. The 32-year-old composer wrote it in idyllic surroundings near Baden-Baden, Germany and it was premiered in Boston, Massachusetts in 1866.


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 from1990 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.  Commercial recordings include more than thirty CDs of repertoire ranging from the complete Beethoven quartets to many contemporary Irish works. In 2016 the group was presented with the National Concert Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their contribution to music in Ireland.

Keith Pascoe, Simon Aspell, and Christopher Marwood continue to perform together as the nucleus repertoire.

Biography – Members & Guests Musicians

Keigh Pascoe Biography
Marja Gaynor Biography
Simon Aspell Biography
Ed Creedon Biography
Christopher Marwood Biography
Maria OConnor Biography

Contact Information

The Mall Arts Centre

Mall House Youghal, Co Cork
Eircode: P36FR96

Call 087 9593276 Visit Website