NSQF Quartets at Triskel: Ficino Ensemble
Sat 7 December 2019 - 1:10 pm
€16 (standard) | €13 (concession) | €12 (COS members)
Ficino Ensemble was formed by Artistic Director Nathan Sherman in 2012 as a flexible group aiming to perform popular chamber music alongside lesser known works that deserve to be appreciated. Their programme features one of Haydn’s finest string quartets; Donnacha Dennehy’s rhythmically entertaining Stamp; and William Walton’s second string quartet, written just two years after his celebrated score for Laurence Olivier’s film of Shakespeare’s Henry V.
Haydn String Quartet in D major, Op.76 No. 5
Donnacha Dennehy ‘Stamp (to avoid erotic thoughts)’
William Walton String Quartet No. 2 in A minor
Elaine Clark, violin
Lynda O’Connor, violin
Nathan Sherman, violin
Ailbhe McDonagh, cello
€16 (General Admission) | €13 (Concessions) | €12 (COS members)
Ficino Ensemble was formed by Artistic Director Nathan Sherman in 2012 as a flexible chamber music group that performs all the great music for small ensembles, ranging from string trios to works written for larger ensembles.
Ficino Ensemble’s aim is to perform works that appeal to a discerning audience whilst championing lesser known works that deserve to be appreciated. To date, they been invited to play for President Michael D. Higgins, Howth Chamber Music Series, Music in Kilkenny Series, Hugh Lane Sundays@Noon Series, Cork Orchestral Society and the Irish Georgian Society. They performed a highly successful chamber music series at the National Concert Hall in August 2016. Upcoming engagements include performances at Music for Galway, Kaleidoscope Dublin, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Musictown Festival and Festiv’ards Portaferry.
Their concerts have been described as exciting and intimate with a high calibre of ensemble playing. The members of the group are recognized in Ireland and abroad as soloists and chamber musicians.
Their programme for this concert opens with one of Haydn’s finest string quartets – the one with the other-worldly slow movement in F sharp major and the riotous finale. Donnacha Dennehy’s rhythmically entertaining Stamp provides an interlude before a major and rarely heard British masterpiece from 1946, William Walton’ssecond string quartet, written just two years after his celebrated score for Laurence Olivier’s film of Shakespeare’s Henry V.
The National String Quartet Foundation is a legacy of the work of the Vanbrugh Quartet. Resident Quartet to RTÉ from 1986 to 2013 and Artists in Residence at University College, Cork from 1990 until the retirement of violinist Gregory Ellis in 2017, the Vanbrugh Quartet gave nearly 2,000 concerts throughout Ireland as well as enjoying a successful international career.
The Foundation creates and sponsors projects which bring live chamber music to audiences throughout Ireland. It is committed to supporting musicians who wish to explore and perform the string quartet repertoire and to helping concert promoters present this rich and rewarding music.