We are delighted to welcome The Lisa Bucknall Trio ( Lisa Bucknall Viola, Chad Vindin Piano and Som Howie Clarinet) to play at our next concert.
A clarinet-viola-piano trio differs from the traditional piano trio in that the viola and the clarinet share roughly the same range. The combination of viola and clarinet is thus distinguished by the timbre (tone quality or colour) of the instruments rather than register (high versus low ranges, like violin and cello). W A Mozart was the first to write for this combination of instruments with his Kegelstatt Trio, K.498 (1786). The other two most notable works for this distinctive combination of instruments is the Schumann’s Märchenerzälungen, and Max Bruch’s Eight Pieces. Each of these three masterpieces feature in our concert on 31st March.
The fourth piece in this concert is Speak Seven Seas by the British composer Huw Watkins. In 2011 Huw Watkins was invited to be Composer in Residence at the “Spannungen” Chamber Music Festival in Heimbach, Germany. As part of the residency, Watkins was commissioned to write a new work for viola, clarinet and piano, which was entitled Speak Seven Seas. It showcases Watkins’s propensity to create an unselfconsciously lyrical flow of material and to balance it with a consciously meticulous craftsmanship. This trio has an apparently easy ebb and flow, but its dramatic tension was manipulated with the same unerring control.
Lisa Bucknell began her studies on viola after winning a scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy, and has completed a Master of Performance with Distinction at the Royal College of Music. She was a prize-winner at the North London Festival of Music, and has extensive orchestral experience. She has performed in prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Opera House, Cadogan Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. Lisa, Chad and Som all studied for their Bachelor’s degrees at the Open Academy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before they each relocated to the UK.
This delightful combination of instruments in the hands of such consummate musicians promises to be one of the highlights of this current season.