Friday 20th September, Club Room 6.30pm.
Members by donations | Guests £12.00 via Eventbrite.
Edinburgh-based young music graduates, Alexandra Prentice, Joanna Stark and Max McWhirter, come together again, fresh from their debut at the Fringe as the Forth Trio to perform music by Beethoven, Pärt, Grainger and Bloch. Alex, Jo and Max have all performed a variety of music in the SAC before, whether it be solo recitals or as soloists or chamber players in the Napier Notes concert series, so you may recognise their faces or their sound! Max will be a familiar face to SAC members.
The music they have chosen is based around Beethoven's Piano Trio in G from his Op.1. The group felt this appropriate for their fledgling performance, and have picked some introspective 20th century music to contrast with it: Arvo Pärt's Mozart-Adagio (1992), his re-imagining of a Mozart slow movement, written in memory of Oleg Kagan, who had a special affinity with Mozart's music; Percy Grainger's My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone (1912), Grainger's jazz-tinged re-imagining of a snippet from the old English folk song; and Ernest Bloch's Three Nocturnes (1924), the composers imagining and distillation of the wonders and mysteries of the night.
The Forth Trio (Max McWhirter- Piano; Alex Prentice -Violin; Joanna Stark- Cello) came together as students of Edinburgh Napier University in 2018, performing the music of Schumann as part of an ensemble project. They have since performed lunchtime concerts in Edinburgh and were awarded runners-up in the 2019 Edinburgh Competition Festival. They have been fortunate to receive guidance from Lucy Cowan, Gina McCormack, Nicholas Ashton, Peter Bream, Ruth Addinall and Robin Mason, as well as ensemble coaching at the 2019 Dartington International Summer School with Trio Opal and the Skampa Quartet. As choral singers at St Andrews and St George's West, the three have a background performing together in larger ensembles, and have established local residence in the church. Though trained in classical technique, the group are particularly interested in promoting new music for trio and hope to work with upcoming composers in years to come.