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Jørgensen Trio

  • Cecilia Bignall – cello
  • Olga Jørgensen – violin
  • Antonia Kesel – piano


  • Beethoven Opus 1 no. 2
  • Ravel Piano Trio
  • Takemitsu Piano trio

A trio from the Royal Academy of Music with a programme to provide interest for varied tastes. Have we had anything by Takemitsu at the club? Perhaps the Rain Tree sketch for piano? I don’t know this piece but have found out that it lies somewhere between Debussy and Duke Ellington according to one opinion.

The trio is often called “Between Tides”; the to-and-fro of waves underlies the music.

Samantha Ward – piano, Fenella Humphreys – violin and Brian O’Kane – cello

  • Haydn trio in E flat major Hob XV No 22
  • Beethoven trio in E flat major op 1 no 1
  • Brahms trio in B major op 8

The concert has been partly sponsored by Minna and Peter Wigley for whom the Trio played at a 70th birthday party celebration in July 2014.

Samantha was once a member of our club and has performed for us on several occasions. She now has an annual Piano Week in Bangor, supported by Bluthner. Brian visited us with Samantha only last season; he also plays in a trio with Adam Newman and Adam is with us for our next concert.

I have heard about Fenella on numerous occasions through my connections at Making Music.

I see that she has just played at the Plush Festival in my home county of Dorset and I very much hope she managed a visit to the fine pub there, “The Brace of Pheasants”.

Pleyel Ensemble Horn Trio

Artist Details

  • Laurence Davies horn,
  • Sarah Ewins violin,
  • Harvey Davies piano

The celebrated and versatile ensemble transforms into a horn trio for a fanfare finale to the season.

Phoenix Piano Trio

Artist Details

  • Sholto Kynoch
  • Marie Macleod
  • Jonathan Stone
  • Mendelssohn – Trio No 2
  • John Ireland – Trio No. 3
  • Beethoven – Ghost Trio

All three of tonight’s artists appear in other incarnations and you may well come across them as part of the Doric String Quartet, the Aronowitz Ensemble or as the Oxford Lieder Festival Director (see last concert). Sholto visited the Club in the 1990s, I believe.

In 2011 the Phoenix Trio gave a series of concerts in which all of Beethoven’s Trios were performed in London and Oxford.

The Trio for which I made a special request is Mendelssohn’s 2nd; I came across it on a recording from a recent Lugano Festival and was immediately entranced and I suspect this piece will have made more converts by the end of the evening.

The Ghost Trio is well known but I suspect that some will be in the same position of ignorance as myself as regards John Ireland’s music so we may find a new enthusiasm after this.

Tristan Lee Trio

Artist Details

  • Tristan Lee
  • Eva Thorarinsdottir
  • Joris van den Berg

They played:

  • Liszt Vallee d’Obermann arrangement
  • Liszt Le Carnival de Pest (9th Hungarian Rhapsody)
  • Shostakovich Piano Trio Op 67
  • Tristan LeeJoris van den Berg

Having collaborated together in different chamber ensembles for three years, Eva Thorarinsdottir, Joris van den Berg and Tristan Lee have recently formed this exciting new piano trio.

These three prize winning graduates of the Royal Northern College of Music share a passion for exploring a diverse and challenging repertoire. 2011 will see them performing in venues throughout the UK culminating in a recital at Wigmore Hall
to mark the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth.

Eva left her native Iceland to study at the Menuhin school and then RNCM. In 2009 she was
invited to lead an orchestra in Stresa under the conducting of Gianandrea Noseda.

Joris is Dutch and studied in Amsterdam before coming to RNCM where he won a prestigious Gold Medal.

Tristan is currently mentored by Leslie Howard and this explains in part why we loved his
Liszt Sonata so much two years ago.