Gould Piano Trio, Corbridge Chamber Music Festival

Gould Piano Trio

Lucy Gould, violin, Richard Lester, cello, Benjamin Frith, piano

The Gould Piano Trio, directly compared to the great Beaux Arts Trio for their "musical fire" and "dedication to the genre" in the Washington Post, have remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for a quarter of a Century.

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    Launched by their first prize at the Melbourne Chamber Music Competition and subsequently selected as YCAT Artists, they were "Rising Stars", making a highly successful debut at New York's Weill Recital Hall, described by Strad Magazine as " Pure Gould".

    Their many appearances at London's Wigmore Hall have included the complete piano trios of Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Schubert – plus in the 2017-18 season, a Beethoven cycle, to celebrate 25 years since their first appearance at this iconic venue.

    The trio's diverse discography includes the main masterpieces of the repertoire, but also many neglected gems, often rediscovered through artistic collaboration. Cycles of Brahms and Dvorak (Champs Hill), Hummel ( Naxos) and Beethoven (Somm) – recorded "live" at St. George's, Bristol- are complimented by single composer discs of the late romantic British repertoire with clarinettist, Robert Plane. The complete Stanford, Ireland, York Bowen, Robin Milford and Cyril Scott were followed by an entirely contemporary disc containing the piano trios of Sir James MacMillan, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sally Beamish.

    Commissioning and performing new works is an important part of the trio's philosophy of staying creative and freshly inspired. MacMillan's 2nd Piano Trio was commissioned by them and premiered at the Bath International Festival in 2014 . In 2016, Simon Roland Jones graced the Goulds with his new trio, entitled "Eidford"( premiered at the North Norfolk Festival) and the next year saw them featured in the Hull "City of Culture", performing former BBC Young Musician, Mark Simpson's graphically inspired piece for them, "After Avedon", as part of the PRS' "New Music Biennial".

    The Goulds have made extensive tours of N. America, the Far East and New Zealand, and have performed throughout Europe. In addition to concertising, they have given master classes at the Britten – Pears Young Artist Programme, Dartington, RWCMD and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where they enjoy discussing interpretation with the most promising young ensembles of our day.


Robert Plane, Corbridge Chamber Music Festival

Robert Plane


Robert Plane's hugely varied career has seen concerto appearances in Europe, Asia and the USA, with performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in Madrid with the City of London Sinfonia, Beijing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in the USA with the Virginia Symphony. He made his BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011 with Simon Holt's double concerto 'Centauromachy'.

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    Exploring a wide range of repertoire and commissioning new works, highlights of past seasons have included Piers Hellawell's Agricolas with the Ulster Orchestra and RTE Symphony Orchestra, Finzi with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Christian Jost with the Dortmunder Philharmoniker and Stanford with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

    Rob has tirelessly pursued a particular passion for British clarinet music in concert and on disc, his Gramophone Award winning account of Finzi's Concerto and Gramophone Award-shortlisted Bax Sonatas being just two of a large collection of recordings of works by the great English Romantics. He has performed and recorded with the Gould Piano Trio for over twenty five years, and their recording of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time to mark the composer's centenary was hailed by BBC Music Magazine as the 'finest modern recording' of this epic masterpiece. He also appears on the Goulds' recorded cycles of Beethoven and Brahms Trios and makes regular tours to the USA with them. They commissioned Huw Watkins to compose 'Four Fables' for them in 2018 in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival which they direct together in Northumberland. He looks forward to collaborating with the Elias String Quartet in Bliss' Clarinet Quintet in 2020.

    Rob has explored the clarinet quintet repertoire with a number of the finest string quartets, opening BBC Radio 3's 'Brahms Experience' with a live broadcast from St. George's Bristol of the Brahms Quintet with the Skampa Quartet. He has given concerts in Germany and the USA with the Mandelring Quartet and at home in the UK with the Maggini, Carducci, Tippett, Brodsky, Dante and Sacconi Quartets. Rob has enjoyed a 25 year long relationship with the Royal Over-Seas League since winning the competition's Gold Medal in 1992, highlights of which have included a recital tour of New Zealand and a gala performance of Bruch's Double Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka in Colombo as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

    Always keen to take on a challenge, Rob gave his first performance of Boulez's 'Dialogue de l'ombre double' at the Belfast Sonorities Festival in 2018, a work he will revive in Manchester's Stoller Hall in 2019. His delving into unjustly neglected works has unearthed concertos by Iain Hamilton, Ruth Gipps and Richard Walthew which he will record, for Champs Hill Records, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. A disc of Hungarian repertoire for this same label, 'Contrasts', including the premiere recording of Tibor Serly's Chamber Folk Music, was praised by the Guardian as 'a little gem' on its release last year.

    Rob is principal clarinet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has held the same position with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia.


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