Ensembles

Aquinas Piano TrioAquinas Piano Trio

Katherine Jenkinson - Cello
Ruth Rogers – Violin
Martin Cousin - Piano

The Aquinas Piano Trio was launched in 2009 and has quickly become one of Britain’s most sought-after ensembles. All three players are established solo artists in their own right and have vast experience of the chamber music repertoire. Between them, they have an outstanding array of awards and achievements and have performed at such prestigious venues as the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, South Bank Centre, Barbican Hall and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. They are all major prizewinners from a number of important competitions, have performed with the country’s leading orchestras and played chamber music throughout the globe.

Amongst a busy concert schedule, last season saw performances at King’s Lynn and Brighton Festivals and King’s Place, London and this season sees the trio’s debut at St John’s Smith Square, London.

The Aquinas Piano Trio’s debut CD, featuring Ravel’s Trio and Saint-Saens Trio no.2, can be purchased from their website : www.aquinaspianotrio.co.uk

Iuventus Ensemble

Iuventus Ensemble

The Iuventus Ensemble started off as a quartet. Formed in 2003, The Iuventus quartet has been hailed be the Irish Times as “startling” – “Theirs was a purely musical approach – bracing, fearless and utterly engaging.” The Strad wrote of their “technical ease, sensitivity to style, elegance in phrasing and excellent intonation” and hailed their rendition of Janacek’s First Quartet as “powerfully communicated”. They have performed at venues throughout the UK, at the 2003- 2006 Chichester Festivities, and at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. The Iuventus Quartet was chosen for the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme and played at music societies throughout the country in the 2006-7 season. In another recent review, the Iuventus were described as “spellbinding”, bringing to the music “great expertise, dedication and superb musicianship”. The quartet has also played at the Buxton Festival, the Cambridge Summer Recital Series and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. In 2008 they performed in Jakarta, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand and went on to give workshops to Burmese orphans in the refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border. In 2009 the players of the quartet decided to expand into an ensemble to allow for more flexibility and imaginative programming.

Ruth Rogers (violin)

Elizabeth Williams (violin)

Becky Low (viola)

Katherine Jenkinson (cello)

Thomas Hull (clarinet)

Jon Thorne (viola)

Nicholas Holland (cello)

Victoria Sayles (violin)

Nicky Sweeny (violin)

Martin Cousin (piano)

Charles Owen (piano)