Con Brio Presents The Vanbrugh & Michael McHale

Vanbrugh with Michael McHale

Sun. 23 Jan., 3pm.
Admission: €23/€10 students

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Keith Pascoe (violin), Simon Aspell (viola),
Christopher Marwood (cello) with
Michael McHale (piano)

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 compositions 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 legendary Vanbrugh Quartet. 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


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.


Advance booking is essential to ensure a safe environment for all our patrons.

All ticket holders and members in the group must be either fully vaccinated or recently recovered from the virus and must present their EU Digital Vaccine cert/HSE vaccination card or Recovery Cert with them along with photo ID.

Your e-ticket and covid cert will be checked upon entry to the event. Face masks are required during this event, and audience capacity has been reduced to allow for social distancing as per Government guidelines.

Audience members are asked to self-screen before attending and not to attend should they display any Covid symptoms; if they have been diagnosed with a confirmed/suspected case of Covid-19; if they are aware that they are a close contact of someone with a confirmed or suspected case; or if they have been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time.

For accessibility inquiries please notify our staff in advance and we will arrange for your safe arrival to the building.