The Herbert Quartet was formed by four Irish cellists – Ben Cashell, Peggy Nolan, Aoife Dennedy and Paul Grennan, all of whom studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester. They had first met when they were students at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. They began to play together in the prestigious RNCM cello ensemble, where they were inspired to set up their own cello quartet.
The quartet members have performed extensively around England and Ireland in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the National Concert Hall of Ireland. Two are currently working with the Halle and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras.
Their careers are very diverse. Ben has played with Mercury award nominees Eveything Everything, Paul is heading off on a European tour with the Icelandic musician Olafur Arnalds, Peg plays in the award winning Borromini string quartet and Aoife is involved with outreach teaching in Dublin. This diversity of careers has helped influence the musical programming, which ranges from Rossini to the Cinematic Orchestra and Fitzenhagen. The Herbert Quartet will also perform a newly commissioned piece by the Irish composer, Michael Doherty.
This Irish tour is made possible with funding from Music Network’s Performance and Touring Award. They will be playing at a variety of venues that mirror the music they will be performing – a combination of new and old, from Muse to Mozart and from Block T in Smithfield to Calary Church in Wicklow.
They will also be giving workshops at three of their old primary schools where they hope to share their love of the cello repertoire with the children and inspire the next generation of Irish cellists.
Irish Tour 28th – 31st March 2012 The recital programme will include –
Michael Doherty – Petits Four suite for 4 cellos (world premiere)
Muse – Medley for four cellos
Fitzenhagen – Konzert waltz
Piazzolla – Oblivion and La Muerta da Angel
Cinematic Orchestra – To build a home