The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet
are celebrating the music of Irish composers Frederick May and Frank Corcoran this autumn.
The ensemble will perform May’s Quartet on 12 November in Dublin, with the same concert featuring in a workshop performance of May’s recently discovered Four Romantic Songs, in collaboration with tenor Peter Kerr and pianist Fergal Caulfield. May’s Quartet will also feature in the Vanbrugh’s 13 November free concert in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, alongside Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.
The ensemble will take part in a ‘meet the composer’ session with Hamburg and Italy-based composer Frank Corcoran at the Royal Irish Academy of Music on 25 November, from 1430—1600.
Corcoran’s Clarinet Quintet will be workshopped in collaboration with clarinettist Fintan Sutton, who will also present Corcoran’s A Dark Song for solo bass clarinet.
Both pieces will receive their world premiere after the workshop session. The concert will be followed by a Q&A with the composer, to which admission, like the concert itself, is free.
The Corcoran and May concerts feature amidst a packed autumn concert schedule for the quartet, which will see them perform the May and Schubert quartets alongside Joseph Haydn’s Opus 42 D minor quartet in Cork, Waterford, Letterkenny, Kerry and Killarney. In addition, the Vanbrugh Quartet will perform music by Mozart, Johannes Brahms and Charles Villiers Stanford with guests Barry Douglas and horn-player Cormac Ó hAodáin at the Curtis Auditorium in Cork on 30 September, as part of the launch of the Cork Orchestral Society’s 2011—2012 season, and on 12 October they will present a workshop and a concert at the Kilkenny School of Music.
Published on 26 September 2011