Concerts Administrator, Sabine Russell, talks to cellist, Richard, ahead of the Oakham Piano Trio concert on Thursday 17 October.
As established soloists, how did you meet and come together as a group?
We met at Oakham School where we have all been teaching for many years. Our first concert was in the School’s chapel and was such an enjoyable experience that we haven’t look back since.
We are really looking forward to your concert on Thursday 17 October; the programme looks fantastic. How do you go about programming a concert? Do you have a favourite piece of music to perform together?
We always enjoy performing together and try to bring a spontaneity and freshness to each of our concerts. This generally means that our favourite piece is usually the one we are performing.
We love playing Haydn for his wit and humour. Shostakovich's first trio is a very early student piece but is brimming with great ideas and his creative genius. In the second half we are joined by James Douglas viola (an Oakham School colleague) for the Brahms G minor piano quartet with its romping gypsy inspired finale..
As a trio who perform regularly together, I’m sure there have been some particular highlights. What would you say is your most memorable concert as a trio?
Playing in Edale earlier this year was very special for the amazing atmosphere, but also we enjoy concerts in Oakham as we see the friendly faces of our students in the audience.
Do you share musical sensibilities and how you do complement each other as performers?
We are always trying new things and our concerts are special for the freedom of our collective music making. There are even occasions when this fun gets slightly out of hand to the point where we might try and catch each other out!
What can we look forward to in the future from the trio?
We are constantly expanding our repertoire and look forward to bringing our latest new pieces (Tchaikovsky and Beethoven Ghost Trios) to Oakham. We have concerts to look forward in Sheffield and Worcester over the coming months and also another trip to Edale next year.
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