The Music Group of London Piano Trio is one of the finest chamber ensembles of today. David Parkhouse (piano) and his wife Eileen Croxford (cello) are well established performers. When Ralph Holmes (violin) appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall, New York, with Sir John Barbirolli and the Houston Symphony Orchestra, a critic described him as “a concert violinist to be reckoned with the upper echelon of the international string set”.
The Nash Ensemble (flute, violin, viola, cello, harp) has established itself as being one of the foremost groups in Britain. It was formed in 1964 by its musical director Amelia Freedman. Widely renowned for their versatility of repertoire and instrumentation as well as the quality of their performances, their programmes range from 18th century music to entirely new works by British composers.
Sally Burgess studied at the Royal College of Music from 1972 – 1977, first with Hervey Alan and then with Miss Marion Studholme. She sings regularly with the Ballet Rambert’s ‘Mercury Ensemble’ both in recitals of modern music and accompanying the dancers. John Constable has accompanied many leading singers and instrumentalists and is also a fine harpsichordist.
This unusual group of musicians (two oboe/oboe d’amore/cor anglais, bassoon and harpsichord) decided in 1975, when they gave their first concert, that they would perform only music which they really enjoyed. They have an informal approach, talk about their different instruments and introduce each work in an interesting manner.