Vanbrugh, Michael McHale and Malachy Robinson: The Trout Quinet / Brahms Piano Quintet

Vanbrugh, Michael McHale and Malachy Robinson: The Trout Quinet / Brahms Piano Quintet

Friday, 31 January 2020, 8.00pm

The Vanbrugh with guests, pianist Michael McHale and double-bassist Malachy Robinson, will tour nationwide in January performing Brahms C minor piano quartet and Schubert’s “Trout” quintet. From Saturday 25 to Friday 31st, they will visit Limerick, Sligo, Fermanagh, DúnLaoghaire, Listowel, Cork and Navan.

The Vanbrugh (violinist Keith Pascoe, violist Simon Aspell and cellist Christoper Marwood) welcome regular guests pianist Michael McHale and double-bassist Malachy Robinson for performances of two of the finest works in the chamber music repertoire. Brahms’ turbulent and dramatic C minor piano quartet tells the tale of Brahms’ love for Clara Schumann in one of the most powerful expressions of musical romanticism. The second part of the concert brings complete contrast with Schubert’s Trout Quintet, a perennial favourite amongst both musicians and audiences for its elegance, charm and beauty.

The Vanbrugh has emerged as a legacy of the Vanbrugh Quartet, resident quartet to RTE from 1986 to 2013 and Artists in Residence at University College, Cork from 1990 until the retirement of violinist Gregory Ellis in 2017. The Quartet gave nearly 2000 concerts around Ireland and enjoyed a successful international career. The Vanbrugh is building an equally strong reputation for its performances of the piano quartet and other chamber music repertoire.

Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Malachy Robinson is Ireland’s most sought after and versatile double bassist, performing with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Crash Ensemble and many other ensembles.

The seven-venue tour is funded by the Arts Council and the National String Quartet Foundation and supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts.

Full details on and

Brahms: Piano Quintet in C minor Op.60
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major D 667 The Trout

Saturday 25 8pm
Belltable, Limerick
€17 (€15) 061 953 400

Sunday 26 3pm
Con Brio, The Model, Sligo
€25 (€10 Students on the day) €5 Children
The Model 071 9141405

Monday 27 8pm
Music in Fermanagh, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen
£15 (£5 under 25s) 0044 (0)28 6632 5440

Tuesday 28 8pm
Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
€25 (€22) 01 231 2929 (free online booking)

Wednesday 29 8pm St.John’s Theatre, Listowel
€15 068 22566 and at the door

Thursday 30 7.30pm
Cork Orchestral Society, CIT Cork School of Music
€20 (general admission) €15 (concession)
€15 & €10 (COS members) €5 (students)
Advance booking at

Friday 31 8pm
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
€18 (€16) 046 909 2300


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