Wednesday July 10th 7.30 pm
Leo Popplewell (cello) Rosie Richardson (piano)
Bach: Cello suite no 6 in D BWV 1012,
Fauré: Cello sonata no 2 in G minor Op 117
The Aurora Trio
Emma Halnan (flute)
Jordan Sian (viola)
Heather Wrighton (harp)
Beethoven: Serenade in D Op 25
Debussy: Sonata for flute viola & harp
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Leo Popplewell was born in 1995 and studied at Clare College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a double first in Music. Prior to this, he studied with Sue Lowe as a music scholar at Eton College, and in 2017 received a scholarship to continue his studies with Louise Hopkins at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has played at a number of festivals and masterclasses, including solo recitals at the Newbury Spring Festival and the Orpheus and Bacchus Festival in Bordeaux. He was principal cellist in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (2013-14), performing at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC proms, the Royal Festival Hall, and The Barbican among others. In 2017 he formed the Mithras Piano Trio, winning second prize at the inaugural Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and making their international festival debut at Lake District Summer Music Festival in 2018. He has won awards from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Craxton Memorial Trust for his further studies with Louise Hopkins.
Rosie Richardson studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama gaining a Masters in solo performance. She has become well known for her work with some of the most talented young cellists currently emerging.In her capacity as a collaborative pianist, Rosie has given recitals most recently at Milton Court, the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall and the 1901 Arts Club in addition to music societies around the country and recent overseas engagements have taken her to Portugal, Switzerland, the United States and Austria. Rosie is a faculty pianist for the String Department at the Guildhall and the class pianist for Head of Strings, Professor Louise Hopkins.
The Aurora Trio is an exciting young chamber ensemble, which is quickly developing a reputation for pushing the boundaries of its unusual instrumentation. Their repertoire comprises many new works and original arrangements alongside core flute, viola and harp repertoire. Since its conception in 2012, the trio has performed widely across the UK; recent engagements include recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall Front Room, Halesworth Festival, Norwich and Norfolk Festival, and Roehampton University. From 2014-16, the trio held a prestigious chamber music fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music. During their time as fellows, they worked closely with performers and composers from the student body as well as from the Junior Department and Open Academy (the learning and participation department). The Aurora Trio are selected musical artists for 'Live Music Now' and 'The Concordia Foundation'. In July 2016, they were awarded the Dorothy Parkinson Memorial Award for Young British Musicians at Harrogate International Festival. The Aurora Trio was first established at the Royal Academy of Music. Emma and Heather had previously played as a flute and harp duo; in 2010 they performed Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Joe Bronstein joined the Academy in 2012, and was invited by Emma and Heather to form the trio; the position was then taken over in 2017 by violist Jordan Sian.