Support the RTÉ ConTempo String Quartet

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Support the RTÉ ConTempo String Quartet!

As many of you are aware, there is currently a major restructuring process within RTÉ which will have an impact on the classical music sector. Please sign this petition to insure that we do not lose the ConTempo Quartet as a result.

In Ireland we are extremely fortunate to have such a world class vibrant ensemble as the RTE ConTempo quartet contributing to our classical music scene. This ensemble is truly exceptional in their edge of the seat approach to both classical and contemporary music, embracing a wide spectrum of genres. There virtuosity and deeply emotional approach to chamber music is second to none in the international string quartet scene. They reach out to audiences of all ages and experience, infecting music lovers from all backgrounds with their enthusiasm and brilliance communicating in a wonderful way to listeners at all levels of musical understanding.

Moreover, they are an enormous source of encouragement and inspiration to both amateur and professional musicians through their performances and tutoring. Both their outstanding musicality and their warm, embracing personalities make them a vital ensemble within the diverse music world of Ireland. We need this extraordinarily energetic young group to proceed with their extensive contributions to the Irish music scene, through concerts and their wide array of other activities within outreach programmes and teaching.

Any proposed cuts in funding will not only have a dramatic effect on the lives of the musicians and their families but will have much wider implications for Irish society as a whole. Local arts centres such as St Mary’s Cathedral Kilkenny, The Model Sligo, Limerick City Art Gallery, the Triskel Arts Centre Cork and The Solstice Navan exist not only to benefit local community groups and activities but to create performance spaces for visiting groups such as this. So there would inevitably be knock-on effects for local economies and tourism.

By signing this petition, we hope to give the ConTempo quartet the opportunity to continue with their invaluable work as RTE quartet. They are an asset who would be sorely missed.


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