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The Vanbrugh and Michael McHale: Moonlight Tour

Sat 22 Jan, 6pm €16

The Vanbrugh - Keith Pascoe, Simon Aspell and Christopher Marwood - together with celebrated pianist Michael McHale, present their Moonlight Tour, including Beethoven’s exquisite Moonlight sonata, Francaix’s delightful string trio, new works by Linda Buckley and Michael McHale, and Brahms’ epic g minor piano quartet.


Linda Buckley - ‘Solas na Gealaí’ for solo piano (7 mins) Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.14 ‘Moonlight’ (15 mins) Jean Francaix - String Trio (14 min)

Clara Schumann - Two songs arranged for piano quartet by Michael McHale

‘Die Gute Nacht’

‘Der Mond Kommt Still Gegangen’ (5 mins) Brahms - Piano quartet in g minor Op.25 (40 mins)


Keith Pascoe, violin - Simon Aspell, viola - Christopher Marwood, cello

The Vanbrugh has evolved from the work of the Vanbrugh Quartet which was based in Cork as RTE’s Resident Quartet from 1986-2013 and as Artists-in-Residence at University College, Cork from 1990 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 of The Vanbrugh and are joined by guest artists for performances of a wide range of 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. He has performed and recorded as a soloist with the Minnesota and Hallé Orchestras, the Moscow, Bournemouth, Jacksonville, Fort Smith, BBC and London Symphony Orchestras, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and all five of the major Irish orchestras, and performed at the Tanglewood, BBC Proms and Tokyo Spring Festivals, Wigmore Hall, London, Berlin Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center, New York, Symphony Hall, Boston and Pesti Vigadó in Budapest.

Winner of the Terence Judd/Hallé Award in 2009, Michael was also awarded the Brennan and Field Prizes at the 2006 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, the 2005 Camerata Ireland/Accenture Award, and in 2016 a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, and his teachers and mentors include John O’Conor, Réamonn Keary, Christopher Elton, Ronan O’Hora and Barry Douglas.

Michael collaborates regularly with Sir James Galway, Michael Collins, Patricia Rozario, Dame Felicity Lott, Wigmore Soloists and Camerata Pacifica

*Please Note: Events are subject to change depending on Government guidelines in relation to Covid-19. 

In line with the latest Government guidelines, all adults and unaccompanied minors must present one of the following upon entering the auditorium: i.) Covid Certificate OR ii.) Proof of Immunity (if you have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 6 months) AND photo ID.

All Patrons (13+) and unaccompanied minors are required to wear face coverings inside the auditorium at all times.

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