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Chamber Music Competition 2014 Semi-Finalists announced

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Thursday 27 February 2014

St Martin-in-the-Fields is delighted to announce the semi-finalists of the Chamber Music Competition 2014. Each ensemble will compete in one of our Free 1.00pm Lunchtime Concerts for a place in the competition final on Tuesday 25 March 2014.

Monday 3 March, 1.00pm: Semi-Final I

Aurea Quartet and The Manon Quartet

The Aurea Quartet (Gongbo Jiang, violin; Wen Wang, violin; Christine Anderson, viola; Abby Hayward, cello) are based in Glasgow, and comprise four prize-winning graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During their first year performing together, they achieved joint first prize at the 2011 Cavatina Intercollegiate Quartet Competition in London, and recently represented the RCS on a tour of China.

The Manon Quartet (Jian Ren, violin; Fiona Robertson, violin; Morag Robertson, viola; Deni Teo, cello) were formed in 2013 by students of the Royal College of Music. Comprising four talented and experienced chamber musicians, players have performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Rooms and the RCM Concert Hall, and have appeared on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’.

Tuesday 4 March, 1.00pm: Semi-Final II

Albany Piano Trio and Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

The Albany Piano Trio (Pippa Harrison, piano; Gemma Sharples, violin; Verity Evanson, cello)  is a thriving, dynamic ensemble whose repertoire focuses on works by female composers – both current and historic – alongside the traditional canon of pieces in the established piano trio repertoire. The trio are the current recipients of the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship of the Royal College of Music.

The Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet (Sally MacTaggart, soprano saxophone; Guy Passey, alto saxophone; Ian Dingle, tenor saxophone; John Moore, baritone saxophone) is an innovative collobration between four versatile young artisits. Trained at top UK conservatoires including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music, the quartet is steeped in the British saxophone tradition, with a broad, resonant, vocal sound and energetic, communicative performing ethos.

Friday 7 March, 1.00pm: Semi-Final III

Quintabile Brass Ensemble and K’antu Ensemble

The Quintabile Brass Ensemble (Stephen Peneycad, trumpet; Sam Kinrade, trumpet; Emily Allen, french horn; Katherine Hart, trombone; Edward Leech, tuba) is one of London’s leading brass quintets. Formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2007, they have performed at many prestigious events, including a recital for HRH Duke of Edinburgh and recordings for the BBC. They are also proud to be part of the Live Music Now scheme.

The K’antu Ensemble (Ruth Hopkins, Sarah Langdon, Michelle Holloway, Ben Mitchell, Andrew Hopper, Tymofeusz Jozwiak, Mihaly Benko) emerged in 2012 after winning the Corton-Hyde Early Music Competition. Their eclectic abilities and multi-instrumental tendencies led them to explore less-trodden territories of early music. The music of Spain and South America seemed like the obvious starting place for combining colourful and energetic elements of folk and world music and historically informed techniques. 

The St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, in proud partnership with Making Music, brings together some of the most vibrant and talented up-and-coming chamber music groups at work in the UK today. The competition prize gives the winning ensemble the chance to develop a performance profile across the country by being one of Making Music’s featured ensembles. For more information, please see our Chamber Music Competition page.

The Chamber Music Competition is part of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Festival 2014. More information >>