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Callino Quartet & Friends

Octet July 2011

St.Mary's Cathedral Tuam 
Wednesday 13 July 2011 8.00pm

The Callino Quartet
Ronan Dunne (Ireland) double bass
Sarah Beaty (U.K.) clarinet
Stephen Sterling (U.K.) French horn
Simon Davies (U.K.) bassoon


see first rehearsal filmed by GAF TV

Schubert:  Octet in F major D803
followed by 'Meet the Musicians' in St.Mary's Cathedral Synod Hall
Tickets €25 (€23 concession) from:
*   Quinns, Bishop Street, Tuam for personal callers    
*   Festival Box Office, Galway Tourist Office, Forster Street 
     Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm. 091 566577
*   By post from classicallinks, 9 Lakeview, Claregalway, Co.Galway

Corralea Court Hotel




English clarinetist Sarah Beaty is a passionate performer and teacher of music.  In 2010, Sarah gave her Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing the world premiere of Kyle Blaha's 'Filigree'.  In addition to appearances at all three Carnegie Halls, Sarah has performed at London's Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. 


Sarah performs regularly in Carnegie's Weill and Zankel Halls as a member of The Academy.  The Academy is a joint initiative of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School designed to offer chamber musicians the opportunity to perform regularly at Carnegie Hall alongside involvement as a teaching artist in the New York City public schools.  Sarah performs with an eclectic mix of ensembles both in Europe and the USA; they include the Callino Quartet, Ensemble 360, the Aronowitz Ensemble, The Knights, and the Metropolis Ensemble.

As guest principal clarinetist, Sarah has performed with the Manchester Camerata and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.   A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Royal Northern College of Music, Sarah studied with Charles Neidich, John Bradbury and Lynsey Marsh.  Sarah has performed live on BBC
Radio 2 and 3 and is the grateful recipient of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe woodwind prize, the Ian Fleming Award from the Musicians' Benevolent Fund, the June Alison Woodwind Award from the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin

Musical Fund, and The Hattori Foundation award.                              


Stephen Stirling is a  renowned horn soloist who has appeared at almost every major British venue and with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, BBC NOW, BBC SSO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of St John’s. Recordings of Mozart Horn Concertos with the City of London Sinfonia feature constantly on Classic FM and he gave the world première of Gary Carpenter’s Horn Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic on Radio 3.   He holds the unique distinction of having been the soloist for the opening of both of London's newest purpose built concert halls - Cabot Hall and King's Place. His recording of the Weber Concertino op 45 with CLS conducted by Michael Collins will be released by Chandos in 2011.


Stephen has a world-wide reputation as a chamber musician, in constant demand at festivals in the UK and abroad as well as being a founder member of Endymion, The Fibonacci Sequence, the Audley Trio, Arpège, and the New London Chamber Ensemble.  Amongst over 75 recorded chamber works, Brahm's Horn Trio, with the Florestan Trio, was nominated for a Gramophone award.   CDs of York Bowen, Thomas Dunhill, Stanford, and 'Horn' a Fibonacci/Deux Elles CD of rare chamber works featuring the horn, have met with great critical acclaim.  A principal of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and the City of London Sinfonia, guest principal horn with the Capella Andrea Barca, Orquestra de Cadaques and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and member then guest principal of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Stephen is privileged to have worked with many of the world's finest chamber orchestras.


2010 included performing at the Wigmore Hall with Angela Hewitt and Isabelle Faust, releases of chamber music by Nielsen, Lennox Berkeley, ‘Sound Census’ with Endymion, and a disc of music for oboe horn and piano for Oboe Classics.  Professor of Horn at Trinity College of Music, London, on the faculty of the Yellow Barn Summer Music School and Festival in Vermont, USA Stephen is also a veteran of the Dartington International Summer School.

  Simon Davies is from Southport, Merseyside and took up the bassoon at the age of 12 whilst attending Merchant Taylors' School for boys in Liverpool.  After four years at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester he gained his honours degree and two additional PPRNCM Performance diplomas as well as being awarded the Martin Hardy Bassoon Prize, the Trevor Wye Chamber Music Prize and the Maime Woods/Candlin Instrumental Award

He  has built up a busy and varied freelance career, on both bassoon and contrabassoon, working regularly with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North, Hallé, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, and the Orchestra of Northern Ballet Theatre. Simon occasionally plays with the Sheffield based group, Ensemble 360.  In 2006 Simon spent a year an enjoyable year as a member of Southbank Sinfonia where he performed Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto.  Recent highlights have included appearances at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic, Halle and RLPO as well as being a member of the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra in 2010. Simon plays a bassoon by the German instrument maker Wilhelm Heckel from 1936.

  Ronan Dunne (double bass) first discovered his passion for music as a boy chorister in the Palestrina Choir of the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.  When his voice broke, he took up the double-bass.  At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, he studied with Thomas Martin.  Having completed his degree in Vienna, Ronan graduated and soon after became a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.  He plays regularly with established groups such as the Vogler Quartet, European Sinfonietta, the Chamber Players and the Callino Quartet.  He is Co-Principal bass of the BBC Philharmonic since 2003.


Callinos with Peter Whelan performing the Devienne Quartet in St.Theresa's Church Mount Merrion in the Mount Merrion 300th  Anniversary Celebration Week-end.

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