Eblana String Trio
Junior Fellow Group
Formed in 2006, the Eblana String Trio consists of three committed chamber musicians, intent on performing the often neglected string trio repertoire. During their time at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), the trio won all the major chamber music prizes, notably the 2010 RNCM chamber music award and audience prize for their performance of Britten's Phantasy Quartet, together with oboist David Curington.
The Eblana String Trio are the current Chamber Music Junior Fellows at Birmingham Conservatoire, a post which encompasses performing, studying and teaching all while acting as ambassadors for the Conservatoire.
The trio regularly give concerts for music societies and festivals throughout the UK with memorable past appearances including Keele Concerts Society, Bollington Chamber Concerts, North Norfolk Music Festival, and Derby Chamber Music Society. They have performed as part of the RNCM Chamber Music Festival every year since 2007 including a critically acclaimed performance of the Schoenberg String Trio in the 2009 celebration of Schubert and Schoenberg - "...the late, mercurial, if elliptical, String Trio, a sort of 12-tone divertimento, was brilliantly undertaken by the RNCM's Eblana String Trio" (Sunday Times).
The trio have received coaching from musicians such as Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Hugh Maguire, Petr Prause and James Boyd, as well as attending the International Musicians' Seminar at Prussia Cove. They have also been invited to participate in the European Chamber Music Academy, most recently studying with Christoph Richter, Peter Cropper and Hatto Beyerle.
Highlights of the past season included piano quartet recitals in the Scottish highlands with Andrew Dunlop, as well as the trio's London debut at the church of St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. The trio are also delighted to have been selected to appear as recommended artists in the Making Music Concert Promoters brochure for the 2013-14 Season, promoting their activities to 400 music societies throughout the UK.
Away from the trio, Jonathan is a member of Northern Sinfonia and Manchester Camerata while Lucy and Peggy fulfil busy freelance schedules, including working with orchestras such as the Halle and BBC Philharmonic. Members of the trio also teach for, amongst others, the RNCM Centre for Young Musicians, Yorkshire Young Musicians, Manchester University, Leeds University, and at the Pro Corda International Chamber Music Academy.