News – Autumn 2018

We are looking forward to a new season. The first two recitals in October are part of the ‘Words and Music’ programmes. At the beginning of the month the historic church of St Alfege in Greenwich hosts a programme of music letters of Mozart. For this the Trio is joined by Rachel Bolt (viola) for the piano quartets, and actor Christopher Ravenscroft narrates from Mozart’s letters to family, friends and colleagues.

Later in the month the Trio’s programme about the Schumanns is performed, with music by both Robert and his wife Clara, Brahms and Mendelssohn. Actors Christopher Ravenscroft and Ann Penfold narrate.

Many performers and audience in the West Country will be aware of the closure in Bristol of the Colston Hall for refurbishment. The English Piano Trio has had a series there for a few years and we have thoroughly enjoyed this experience. There has been a loyal and appreciative audience listening to trios, with a talk beforehand by the music lecturer and BBC Radio3 host Stephen Johnson. We have been asked to cover some fairly unusual repertoire in this series. This has been very welcome as so often it is difficult to programme something less familiar. I am sure the newly refurbished Hall will be a great success and a really vibrant ‘hub’ for music in the area.

Another series that has ended is the full Beethoven piano sonata cycle given by the Trio’s pianist, Timothy Ravenscroft. The series was presented over two years at the amazing ‘GLive’ centre in Guildford. This is a marathon for any pianist and a wonderful experience into the bargain. Timothy introduced and performed these works to an ever increasing and extremely appreciative audience.

We hope you will enjoy the next season of music whether as a performer, promoter or audience member.

Autumn 2018