St. Barrahane's Church Festival of Music and Concerts

St. Barrahane's Church of Ireland


(8km from Skibbereen)

Co. Cork, P81 AH51


+353 86 226 4797 (Jacqueline Weij)

The Ficino Quartet

December 7, 2023

8:00 pm

Organised in collaboration with the National String Quartet Foundation

The concert is supported by the Arts Council, RTE Lyric FM and Cork County Council

Venue: Myross Church of Ireland, Union Hall, P81 T384

Tickets €15
Online, at the door, at Thornhill Electrical Skibbereen
or text/call 086 226 4797



Elaine Clark, violin
Hugh Murray, violin
Nathan Sherman, viola
Ailbhe McDonagh, cello

Osvaldo Golijov - Tenebrae [2000]
Ailbhe McDonagh -
Quartet No.2 The Lore Quartet † [2023]
- Quartet No.7 [1960]
- Quartet in A minor Op.51/2 [1876]

† Commissioned by the National String Quartet Foundation with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland

Cellist-composer Ailbhe McDonagh presents her newly commissioned second string quartet on this tour by the Ficino Quartet. Osvaldo Golijov’s hauntingly beautiful Tenebrae reflects both the brutality of human conflict and the parallel perspective of the earth’s serene progress through space. Shostakovich’s short and enigmatic seventh quartet was dedicated to his first wife who had died six years earlier and the concerts end with Brahms’ glorious masterpiece, his A minor quartet Op.51 No.2