Due to scheduled maternity leave, the Albany Trio is currently taking some time out. Our concerts will resume on 14th October, 2017 when we make a welcome return visit to the Toddington Music Society. More details can be found here.
We were delighted to play at a BBC Proms Extra event on August 14th 2016, performing two trios by Charlotte Bray from her Shakespeare set. More information can be found here and on our Diary page, and a link to the broadcast will be up on our website soon.
Extracts from our Women of the World 2016 BBC Radio 3 live broadcast are up on the website. You can listen here.
It was such a privilege to commission The Orchid and its Hunters by Judith Bingham, and to perform the new work alongside Rebecca Clarke's Trio and Judith Weir's realisation of Hildegard of Bingen's monodic hymn, O Viridissima (see photograph with Judith to the right). The concert was broadcast live on International Women's Day, 8th March 2016 from the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music.
Bingham's programme notes offer an insight into The Orchid and its Hunters:
"The Victorian mania for orchids - or orchidelirium as they called it - rivalled the craze for tulips in the 18th century. Competing plant hunters undertook hazardous journeys to the most dangerous parts of the world, often losing their lives to illness or animal and native attack. Having stripped whole areas of orchids, they would often burn the area to stop other hunters taking anything. Transporting tons of orchids by ship back to Britain meant that most plants were dead after the long journey.
And yet the orchid remained an alluring, mysterious and strange symbol of the exotic for the Victorians - Ruskin called them 'prurient apparitions,' and said that women should not be allowed to look at them".
Please visit our Diary page for up to date events, including details of our Park Lane Group recital on April 20th 2016 at St John's Smith Square.
"The Albany Trio play with passion, panache, deep musical intelligence and with excellent technical assurance. They have a refreshingly direct and selfless approach being concerned only with presenting the music as they feel the composer intended. Above all, they have an obvious joy in playing music together and this was strongly communicated to the audience on our opening night, resulting in considerable positive feedback from the members and visitors attending."
Redbridge Music Society, 2013
"Here was an ensemble of sheer musicality, technical skill and total rapport between each player."
Cromer Music Evenings, 2013
Our Women in Music Festival at the Royal College of Music in 2014 was a great success! With three sold out concerts over two days we thorougly enjoyed working with RCM students and actors to perform works by Sally Beamish, Emily Hall, Rebecca Clarke, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Pamela Harrison, Mary Anderson Lucas, Clara Schumann and new commissions by Josephine Stephenson and Charlotte Bray. You can see us in rehearsal and talking about the festival here:
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