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Callino Quartet

16 February 2025 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Four musicians standing against a textured wall, each holding a string instrument. From left to right: a woman with long blonde hair holding a violin, a man with short hair holding a violin, a woman with blonde hair holding a viola, and a woman with curly hair holding a cello. All are dressed in black and smiling.

Artists: Helena Winkelman, Tom Hankey, Rebecca Jones, Sarah McMahon
Instruments: Strings
Concert Sponsor: Buyrite Tyres


  • Haydn Quartet in G major, Op. 77 No. 1
  • Britten Three Divertimenti
  • Mike Greenway 'Mitnor Remains'
  • Mendelssohn Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

About the Concert

This concert features a carefully curated selection of works highlighting the quartet's versatility and commitment to performing repertoire from Classical to Contemporary.
The programme opens with Haydn's Quartet in G major, Op. 77 No. 1, a masterpiece of the classical repertoire that demonstrates Haydn's wit, elegance, and inventiveness. Following this, we delve into the 20th century with Britten's Three Divertimenti, a set of vibrant and playful pieces that offer a delightful contrast to Haydn's classical formality.

The concert also includes 'Mitnor Remains' by contemporary composer Mike Greenway. This evocative piece draws inspiration from archaeological discoveries, blending historical reverence with modern musical language.

The evening concludes with Mendelssohn's Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13, a passionate work that reflects the young composer's admiration for Beethoven and his own burgeoning romantic style.

About the Callino Quartet

Formed in 1999 at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the Callino Quartet has captivated audiences with fresh, engaging interpretations and innovative programming. Their critically acclaimed debut marked the beginning of a distinguished career. It has seen them perform at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.
Helena Winkelman (violin), Tom Hankey (violin), Rebecca Jones (viola), and Sarah McMahon (cello) bring a wealth of experience and a dynamic approach to their performances. The quartet has been honoured with awards and prizes at international competitions and has worked with prominent composers and musicians across various genres, from classical to jazz and rock.

They are passionately committed to contemporary music, premiering numerous works and collaborating closely with composers like Edgar Meyer, Peteris Vasks, and Kevin Volans. Their recordings, including the complete quartets by Ian Wilson and a recent album featuring works by Arvo Pärt and John Tavener, have received critical acclaim.

The quartet takes its name from the Irish air "Cailin cois tSuir a me" (Girl by the River Suir), the first Irish air to be notated in the late 16th century. This historical connection underscores their dedication to exploring and preserving musical heritage while embracing new and challenging repertoire.


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Callino String Quartet
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