The Callino Quartet to perform church concert

The Callino Quartet will be joined by UK clarinettist Sarah Beaty in a Church Classics concert in Old St.Mary’s Church, Clonmel, on Friday, 23 March at 8pm. Church Classics presents concerts in beautiful churches with excellent natural acoustics and the Clonmel concert is in association with Junction Festival.

The Callino Quartet will be joined by UK clarinettist Sarah Beaty in a Church Classics concert in Old St.Mary’s Church, Clonmel, on Friday, 23 March at 8pm. Church Classics presents concerts in beautiful churches with excellent natural acoustics and the Clonmel concert is in association with Junction Festival.

Ireland’s first indigenous string quartet, the Callino Quartet was founded at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry in 1999. The quartet is now based in London and includes Sarah Sexton (Ireland), Tom Hankey (UK), violins, Rebecca Jones (UK), viola and Sarah McMahon (Ireland), cello. The Quartet will open the programme with an 18th century work, Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major Op.64 No.5 “The Lark”. Haydn is considered the father of the string quartet and the Callinos did a three-year project with an Arts Council Award studying and performing Haydn’s works.

Following this most beautiful and elegant string quartet, they will then be joined by Sarah Beaty for a bang-up-to-the-minute recent piece by David Bruce called “Gumboots”. Gumboot Dancing developed into a farm of dance based on South Africa’s black miners who wore wellingtons while they worked in flooded gold mines. Slapping their boots and chains was used by the workers as a form of communication which was otherwise banned in the mine, and this later developed into a form of dance. Starting out as tranquil music, it develops into five, ever-more-lively ‘gumboot dances’, often joyful and always vital.

After the interval the quintet will play “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” by Argentinian composer Olsvaldo Golijov, for string quartet and klezmer clarinet. This work was premiered and recorded by the world renowned Kronos Quartet. In 2010 the Callinos were selected as one of three quartets worldwide to participate in a week of workshops with the Kronos Quartet in Carnegie Hall New York, where the Kronos are resident quartet, culminating in a Carnegie Hall performance.

This programme should appeal to all ages and will also be performed in Clifden, Westport and Limerick. The tour is funded by Arts Council Touring and supported by RTE Lyric FM.

The Callino Quartet has toured extensively with performances in Canada, Norway, Hungary, Holland, Lithuania, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and the Czech Republic.  They are regularly invited to perform at major halls and festivals throughout Ireland and the U.K. and have performed to critical acclaim in the Wigmore Hall, The National Concert Hall Dublin, Clandeboye Festival in Northern Ireland,  West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the Cheltenham Festival.  They are broadcast regularly on RTE Lyric FM, BBC Radio 3 and have appeared several times on RTE television. 

Clarinetist Sarah Beaty performs internationally both as a soloist and in collaboration with many of today’s finest artists. In New York City Sarah has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist at Carnegie Hall. Sarah is also co-founder of the Ikarus Chamber Players as well being a member of the Knights Orchestra in New York. In London Sarah has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Tickets at €15 (€12 concession) are available at on-line booking on www.junctionfestival.com and in Premier Music, Clonmel at 052-6129811.