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A Boy Was Born - Phoenix Piano Trio


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Phoenix Piano Trio - Britten + John Ireland, Tuesday 26 February

19:30, Sheffield University Firth Hall, Western Bank, S10 2TN

Duration: 90 minutes with 20 minute interval

Tickets: £8.50, £6 (concessions), £3 (students, unwaged, under 26)


‘A Boy Was Born’ is a festival of music organised by the University of Sheffield celebrating 100 years of the composer Benjamin Britten. For more information please visit: http://www.aboywasborn.co.uk

John Ireland: Piano Trio No.3 in E minor

Thomas Dunhill: Piano Trio in C major

Philip Venables: Klaviertrio im Geiste

Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 no. 1, ‘Ghost’


In 1930 Britten gained a scholarship to study composition at the Royal College of Music and it is here the composer began lessons with John Ireland. Unlike with his former tutor Frank Bridge, Britten and Ireland’s relationship was rather strained. Britten found Ireland to be particularly strict, and writes in his diary ‘He is terribly critical and enough to take the heart of anyone!’ However, in retrospect Ireland would later go on to describe Britten as ‘the most highly talented and brilliant pupil I’ve ever had.’ Dedicated to William Walton, Ireland’s Piano Trio No. 3 was composed in 1938. Perhaps reacting to the foreboding threat of World War II, Ireland draws largely upon material composed in 1912, before World War I. Featuring striking and memorial themes, the work sees Ireland add a new, beautifully lyrical slow movement to the original material in this passionately intense work.


Phoenix Piano Trio


Jonathan Stone (violin)

Marie Macleod (cello)

Sholto Kynoch (piano)


The Phoenix Piano Trio, formed in 2010, is fast establishing itself as one of today's leading ensembles. Their concerts to date have drawn universal high praise. In 2011, after an extremely successful first season, they undertook a major series performing all of Beethoven's piano trios in London, Oxford and various other venues, as well as commissioning five new works to be performed alongside them. In 2012, the trio gave its debut recital at London's Wigmore Hall. Violinist Jonathan Stone is also a member of the Doric String Quartet, hailed as the eminent quartet of its generation. Cellist Marie Macleod is a renowned soloist and familiar to Sheffield audiences as a member of Ensemble 360 and Pianist Sholto Kynoch works with many outstanding string players and singers, recently launched his debut CD at Wigmore Hall and is the founder and artistic director of the Oxford Lieder Festival.

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