Eclectic Collections – Metier Ensemble at The Forge

From September, London-based trio Metier Ensemble, will be bringing together a refreshing variety of repertoire for a series of three, early-evening concerts at The Forge, Camden. Eclectic Collections celebrates a diverse array of 20th-century duos and trios for flute, cello and piano.

The series is themed geographically and opens with a French programme on September 8th. Damase’s neo-baroque trio sets the tone for the series, with a grand opening, wide range of moods and playful style.  At the heart of the concert are two much-admired duo sonatas by Poulenc and Debussy.  The concert closes with a trio of impressionistic watercolours by Gaubert, full of supple melodies, shifting harmonies and rippling accompaniments.

The second concert focuses on British music for flute and piano, including an ensemble commission – Trapeze by Joseph Atkins – and Orange Dawn by Ian Clarke. And the final concert is a striking collection of music from Eastern Europe. The concerts feature popular repertoire, such as sonatas by Poulenc and Debussy, alongside works by lesser-known composers, such as York Bowen and Fikret Amirov.

Further details about the concert series, venue and tickets here

My review of Metier Ensemble at The Forge (November 2012)

Meet the Artist interview with pianist Elspeth Wyllie

The Metier Ensemble is a chamber group of flute, cello and piano. Claire Overbury and Elspeth Wyllie began performing together five years ago as the Southbank Duo, and were shortlisted for the Park Lane Group Series 2011.

They were joined by cellist Sophie Rivlin in 2010, giving several several recitals which were well-received – they have return invitations to all the venues from their 2011-12 season.

The trio originally met while studying at the Royal Academy of Music and Oxford University, and are all recipients of various prizes and awards for chamber music.

They have performed abroad and throughout the UK, including at the Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, St James’ Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields.