CONCERTS in the West, which brings talented young musicians to the West Country, starts the 2019 season on Thursday 14th February, with Trio Sora, at four recitals, including a new venue, Wellhayes Vineyard at Clayhanger near Tiverton.
On Friday 15th, the Trio will be at Bridport Arts Centre for a coffee concert and at Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting House in the evening. The final concert of the series is at the Dance House at Crewkerne on Saturday 16th.
Trio Sōra are Pauline Chenais, piano, Magdalēna Geka, violin, and Angèle Legasa, cello. Founded in 2015 at the Paris Conservatoire by these three talented young women, the trio has literally soared to fame in just three years. .
Awards along the way have included the Parkhouse Award in April 2017, as well as a number of French and International awards. They were also appointed HSBC Lauréates of the Festival d’Aix Academy 2017 and Lauréate of the Special Prize of the Verbier Festival Academy 2018. But what is really impressive is the strength and sensitivity they use to interpret chamber music. Playing with both warmth and energy, Trio Sōra is now considered an ensemble with a distinct artistic identity.
Their programme for the tour will be: Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor, Op 17, Brahms’ Piano Trio No 1 in B major, Op 8 and Robert Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) Op 132. At the shorter concert at Bridport, the Trio will play the Brahms and Robert Schumann works.
Catherine Maddocks, founder and director of Concerts in the West, explains the ethos behind this special West Country arts charity: “Concerts in the West brings talented young musicians to small venues in the West Country in areas that may not have easy access to music of this quality. Our small intensive tours in Devon, Dorset and Somerset are arranged for the musicians over a few days, allowing them the opportunity to work on new repertoire, or to embed works more fully in readiness for upcoming recordings and major concerts elsewhere.
“The music played at the concerts is enormously varied and gives local audiences a wonderful opportunity to hear both familiar and unusual works for voice and instrument in many combinations.”