How many voices do you need for an interesting musical conversation? This programme shows how composers from the 19th to the 21st centuries have risen to the challenges of trio writing and in the process created some of their most memorable music – from the highly individual sonorities of Brahms to Shostakovich’s epic use of the familiar piano trio (violin, cello and piano). The concert will also feature work by one of Britain’s most exciting young composers, Charlotte Bray (pictured).
Performers include two of this year’s outstanding guests – mezzo soprano Rachel Kelly and international viola player Lena Eckels.
The State Chamber, described by The Sunday Times Chief Classical Music Critic Hugh Canning as “perfect for chamber music and song”, is the ideal setting for this intimate music-making.
Johannes Brahms Two Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91¹
Charlotte Bray Two Shakespearean Piano Trios: That Crazed Smile / Those Secret Eyes¹
Johannes Brahms Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op. 40²
Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Trio no.2 in E minor, Op. 67³
Festival Chamber Soloists
Rachel Kelly mezzo soprano
Sara Wolstenholme violin
Lena Eckels viola
Nathaniel Boyd cello
James Pillai horn
James Baillieu³, Libby Burgess¹, James Cheung² piano
18 years and under £10
Supported by a group of Friends