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The Leonora Trio

Oct 25, 2017

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The Gildas String Quartet

Dec 13, 2017

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The Eblana String Trio

Feb 14, 2018

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The RNCM sing opera and musicals

Mar 21, 2018

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Beethoven: Trio in B flat major, op. 11
Poulenc: Sonata for clarinet and piano in B flat, FP 184
Janácek: Pohádka (Fairy Tale) for cello and piano
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, op. 114

The Leonora Trio

Oct 25, 2017

Originating from an academic gathering at the Charterhouse Summer Music School in 2010 when the members of the Trio met and subsequently played together in various combinations. Each member is a specialist musician and teacher. The clarinettist Rachael Gibbon lives in Saddleworth and is well known as a lecturer at the RNCM, Salford University and Leeds College of Music as well as being the accompanist to the Saddleworth Singers. The pianist David Elwin is a highly experienced accompanist having been pianist to the Festival Ballet later to become the English National Ballet. The third member of the Trio is the cellist Christine Draycott formerly with the Reutlingen Symphony Orchestra in Germany before joining the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Recently she has been taking part in the International Diploma at the Grieg Academy Bergen.


Haydn: String Quartet op. 74 No. 1 in C major
Adès: ”The Four Quarters” for String Quartet op. 28
Ravel: String Quartet in F major

The Gildas String Quartet

Dec 13, 2017

Praised for their 'refreshing approach' and 'exciting precision', the Gildas Quartet are fast establishing themselves as one of the most exciting young ensembles to emerge in recent years.

They have performed to critical acclaim across the UK and Europe at major venues, and live on BBC Radio 3. They will make their Bridgewater Hall debut later this year as part of the Midday Concerts Series. The quartet have frequently been featured by the Park Lane Group Young Artists scheme and are grateful for awards and support from the Tunnell Trust, the Richard Carne Trust and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Passionate performers of a hugely diverse repertoire, the Gildas Quartet have had the privilege of working with both Colin Matthews and Sir Harrison Birtwistle on performing the composers' most recent string quartets at London’s Southbank Centre and The Forge. The quartet performed live via video link in New York's Carnegie Hall for the American Composers' Orchestra, giving the world première of Ray Lustig's 'Latency Canons' which received a glowing 4-star review in the New York Times.


Beethoven: Trio in D major, op. 9 no. 2
Moeran:  Trio in G major
Mozart:  Divertimento in E flat  K.563 

The Eblana String Trio

Feb 14, 2018

Formed in 2006, the Eblana String Trio consists of three committed chamber musician, intent on performing the often neglected string trio repertoire. During their time at the Royal Northern College of Music the trio won all the major chamber music prizes, notably winning the 2010 RNCM chamber music award and audience prize for their performance of Britten’s Phantasy Quartet, together with oboist David Curington. The Trio are regular visitors to concert series and festivals throughout the UK and beyond and are frequent collaborators with other instrumentalists and composers.

The Trio are current Park Lane Group Artists and recently performed works by Robin Holloway, Joel Rust (world premiere) and Schoenberg to critical acclaim at St John’s Smith Square. In the 2016-17 season the trio are looking forward to debut performances at both the Wigmore Hall for the Park Lane Group and at the Bridgewater Hall for the Manchester Midday Concerts.

They are fortunate to have received coaching from many eminent chamber musicians such as Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Hugh Maguire, Robin Ireland and Petr Prause, and have also attended the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove studying with David Waterman. The trio have also been invited on a number of occasions to participate in the European Chamber Music Academy, most recently studying with Christoph Richter, Peter Cropper and Hatto Beyerle.


Four vocal students and piano accompanist from the Royal Northern College of Music perform operatic extracts and arias, and songs from the shows in a concert which is sure to have something to please everyone.

The RNCM sing opera and musicals

Mar 21, 2018

We are proud to have the privilege of presenting a programme featuring artists who are current members of the School of Vocal Studies and Opera at the RNCM. The School is renowned as one of the world’s most inspiring departments in a conservatoire. Many of the alumni have gone on to establish highly successful singing careers performing in opera houses and concert halls worldwide and they include Katherine Broderick (from Delph and the winner of the 2007 Kathleen Ferrier award). Alice Coote, Barry Banks, Linda Kitchen and Simon Keenlyside to name but a few. The programme will include a range of operatic arias and hit songs from the shows and should prove to be a very memorable evening.