Lir Quartet

Siobhán Doyle violin
Kirsty Main violin 
Ed Creedon viola
Killian White cello


Saturday 26th October 2024 | 7.00pm

The outstanding Lir Quartet was formed in 2016 at Barry Douglas’ Clandeboye Festival. They come together this year for the first time since the pandemic, working as NSQF Fellowship Quartet at the ConCorda chamber music course in August, followed by a five concert summer tour of Cork and Kerry. This autumn they bring their superb summer programme to four venues nationwide. 
We are greatly indebted to the funding support provided by the National String Quartet Foundation together with our principal funders the Arts Council and RTÉ Lyric FM

Tickets are €28 per person and can be purchased below. The concert commences at 7pm and doors will be closed until the next break in music.



Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat major [1834]
J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude BWV668 [1750]
Harry O'Connor: Summer Idyll [2024]
Brahms: String Quartet in C minor Op.51 No.1 [1873]



Siobhán Doyle, violin
Siobhán Doyle is an Irish violinist currently based in Amsterdam. She has performed extensively both at home and on international stages, encompassing solo, chamber music and orchestral playing.
A former member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Siobhán was one of the soloists with the orchestra in The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 2020, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins. She has also performed as a soloist with the Dublin Symphony Orchestra and the Orlando Chamber Orchestra.
Siobhán has enjoyed musical collaborations with Alexei Grynyuk and Mairéad Hickey as part of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, and she has performed with leading Irish musicians as part of the Spotlight Chamber Music Series, NCH Chamber Music Gathering, and the Ortús Festival. 
As a recipient of a full scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music, she completed her Bachelor’s degree with Leland Chen before furthering her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart with Nurit Stark.
Siobhán became a member of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in 2019 under the musical leadership of Gordan Nikolic.

Kirsty Main, violin
Violinist Kirsty Main was born in Edinburgh where she attended St Mary’s Music School, before moving to Manchester to earn her Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Benedict Holland. Kirsty went on to gain a Master’s degree in Historically Informed Performance Practice at the University of Glasgow (in conjunction with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) under Huw Daniel and Cecilia Bernardini, supervised by Professor John Butt.

Now based back in Edinburgh, Kirsty enjoys the variety of freelancing as an orchestral and ensemble musician and has recently performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Scottish Ballet. As a baroque violinist Kirsty was a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2018 and has since played with the Dunedin Consort, including at the BBC Proms 2023 for both television and radio broadcast, and Ensemble OrQuesta, whose production of Alcina at Grimeborn Festival was named in the Guardian’s ‘Top 10 classical music performances of 2021’. Session work has included live and recorded performances at the Royal Albert Hall and BBC Maida Vale studios.

Ed Creedon, viola
Ed Creedon enjoys a varied career as a viola player, performing chamber music, in recitals and as an orchestral musician. Recent performances include the National Concert Hall Chamber Music Gathering, tours throughout Ireland with the Lir String Quartet, tours to Finland, France, Spain and India with Camerata Ireland as well as solo performances with Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas. 
Since 2016 he has performed regularly with The Vanbrugh. Other chamber music highlights include appearances with the Ficino Ensemble in Dublin, the Piatti Quartet in the U.K., at the Ortús Festival in Cork, and repeat invitations to the Clandeboye Festival in Northern Ireland and the Killaloe Festival of Chamber Music. 
Recent projects include a national tour with the Solas Quartet, recording an album of contemporary chamber music works with Crash Ensemble and performances in Ireland and Scotland with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Killian White, cello
Killian White is the first cellist to be awarded the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Music Bursary, the single largest annual classical music award in Ireland, and one of the largest in Europe.  Killian was described as “an outstanding winner who impressed with a superb performance and a crystal-clear sense of purpose,” by John O’Kane (RTE) and, “undoubtedly a performer with a very exciting career ahead of him” by Michael Duffy (RDS CEO).  In addition to being awarded the bursary, Killian has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize at the Royal Overseas League International Competition, the Fr Frank Maher Award (2017), the Aileen Gore Cup and RTE Lyric FM Award at ESB Feis Ceoil, the National Concert Hall Young Musician Award, the Flax Trust Award and the Audience Prize at Camerata Ireland Clandeboye Music Festival.  
Born in 2000, Killian studied first with Martin Johnson, principal cellist with the NSOI, and then with Christopher Marwood at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  He recently completed his bachelor’s degree at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, with Professor Frans Helmerson.  Since commencing his studies in Berlin, he has enjoyed a busy concert schedule – performing many times in Germany while also engaging in solo performances in London, Berlin, the NCH in Dublin, and numerous other venues throughout Ireland.
His career has led him to play as soloist with many orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Halle, Camerata Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, the Hibernian Orchestra, Dublin Symphony Orchestra, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta at Carnegie Hall.
Killian has a fierce passion for chamber music and has performed in Quartets and throughout Europe and Ireland.  Highlights include performances at the Bartok Memorial House, Budapest, the Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, and at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
Orchestral playing has been an important part of his career since taking part in the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra from 2015-2017.  Since then, he has gone on to perform on numerous occasions as part of the Pierre Boulez Ensemble and as principal cellist of several orchestras, including the Irish Chamber Orchestra for an Irish tour in 2022.  Killian’s life as an orchestral musician has culminated this year in becoming a member of the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) Academy, where he performs regularly as a part of the orchestra.


The DMA Memory Book

In 2021, the DMA published a Memory Book, listing all concerts and music played since the first concert in 1987. The book has wonderful sketches from concerts at Tullynally drawn by the late Jeremy Williams. There are also several delightful short 'memories' from performers and audience members. Books are €10 each plus P&P at €3 per book and you can purchase them by contacting 
If you have booked to attend a forthcoming concert, you can reserve books to collect saving you the cost of postage.  We are now operating our events as 'cashless' so we ask you email your order to derravaraghmusicassociation@gmail.com in advance and pay into the DMA account directly and you can collect your books at the concert.      


2024/25 Concert schedule

Saturday 28th September 2024, Pirosmani Quartet
presented in association with the NSQF

Saturday 26th October 2024, Lir Quartet
presented in association with the NSQF

Saturday 30th November 2024, Francisco Fullana & Alba Ventura
presented in association with Music Network

Full details of the Autumn 2024 and Spring 2025 concerts can be found here

We no longer send out information about concerts in the post, as all communications are now through email. Please send your email address to derravaraghmusicassociation@gmail.com if you wish to receive updates about our concerts.


Patron: Thomas Pakenham 

Chaired by: Jane Massy

Una Fitzgibbon (Co Secretary), Eliza Chisholm, Muireann Sheahan 
Joan Flood, Dawn Harmon, Hugh Logan, Octavia Tulloch, John Farrell, Charney and Maire Weitzman.

e-mail: derravaraghmusicassociation@gmail.com