Music Fills the Air – Scarlet String Quartet Concert

Event Details

Ballymaloe Grainstore hosts the Scarlet String Quartet for a celebratory Christmas Concert of virtuosic arrangements of Classic Christmas songs, excerpts from Vivaldi’s Seasons and Bizet’s Carmen, Kreisler favourites, Argentinian Tango, Love Songs and more! 

In a rich and emotive style, these crème de la crème of Irish string players will stir your spirits with their virtuosic arrangements of classical, tango, Broadway and Christmas string quartet music. Lesya Iglody and Aisling McCarthy sparkle on violins and Niamh Varian-Barry and Ilse de Ziah, bring power and vigour on viola and cello. This will be a Christmas treat to remember. 

Get cosy with a mulled wine and enjoy the Scarlet String Quartet in the comfortable surroundings of the Grainstore.


The Scarlet String Quartet have performed throughout Ireland for the past 15 years, playing in concert venues, stately homes, private concerts and for many corporate, wedding and social events. They have played for around 100 recording sessions for a variety of renowned singers. This professional String Quartet present the very best in string playing. Featuring an elegant, rich and sparkling sound, they create an exquisite ambience. ‘Quintessential Sparkling Strings’

Violin: Lesya Iglody

Violin: Aisling McCarthy

Viola: Niamh Varian-Barry

Cello: Ilse de Ziah

Separately the Scarlet Strings are four highly regarded professional musicians. Between them have played with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, Cork Symphony Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Kiev Pops Orchestra, the Mariinsky Ballet, on the Cunard Lines Ships QE2 and Queen Mary II. Members have won awards and arranged music and performed for many well known acts and clients in Ireland and in venues around the world from the Sydney Opera House to Radio City, New York.

“Thank you to the Scarlet Strings for filling the air with such beautiful music” 

The idea behind the night is to celebrate Christmas in a gorgeous space with a friend, have a mulled wine, hear uplifting live music from world class musicians and be soothed and moved and gently grooved!

Ilse says “I am thrilled to present this concert with Scarlet String Quartet. We have been playing so little recently, and it has been a wonderful process to rehearse and to choose our favourite music which we know you will love. We have some gorgeous musical surprises and are so excited to play together. Many of the arrangements are quite virtuosic and give a fresh take on old favourites. We can’t wait to share them with you.”

Rory Allen of Ballymaloe Grainstore says, “An early evening Sunday concert is a new idea for us and I am thrilled to welcome Ilse de Ziah and her quartet back to the Grainstore for this concert. They are superb string players with a spirited and beautiful sound and will certainly stir your spirits! There’s such a high level of talent in our local area and it’s great to have the support of the Cork County Council to present this concert.”

In the lead up to Christmas, give yourself the time to just sit and listen and to let beautiful and well played music inspire and move you.

Put the date in your diary, bring a friend and treat yourself to a concert of moving, inspiring and beautiful music to prepare you for the Christmas Season. Come and hear how Music Fills the Air!

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”Maria von Trapp


What: Music Fills the Air – Scarlet String Quartet

When 12 December 2021

Time 6.00 – 7.30 pm

Where: Ballymaloe Grainstore

Tickets: €20 (includes a complimentary glass of mulled wine)

Tickets and enquiries:

Tel: 021 475 7200

Address: Ballymaloe Grainstore
Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry
Cork, P25 FH67

This concert has been made possible by the following;

Presented in association with Cork County Council; Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media; Pure Cork; Cork CoCo Pops.

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