Premiere of the month: Ailbhe McDonagh on her new string quartet

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Irish folklore comes to life in a new quartet, which will be premiere on 6 December

We’ve all heard of leprechauns, but what of the rest of Ireland’s folklore? ‘There’s such a rich tapestry of different stories that people may not have heard before,’ says composer Ailbhe McDonagh. ‘The folklore in Irish history is so important. We grow up listening to these stories.’ The composer has been commissioned to write a string quartet for one of Ireland’s National String Quartet Foundation national tours. She will also be playing in the Ficino Quartet as the cellist…

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