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Barra Trio - Evening Concert
Barra Trio - Evening Concert

Sun, 26 May


Cowal Kirk - St. John's Church

Barra Trio - Evening Concert

String trio concert at St. John's Church Hall. Details to follow.

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Time & Location

26 May 2024, 19:30

Cowal Kirk - St. John's Church, Cowal Kirk - St. John's Church, Argyll St. Dunoon


About the event

The Barra Trio is a distinguished chamber ensemble with exemplary musicianship and dedication to the rich tradition of chamber music. Founded in Scotland, the trio consists of distinguished musicians, Violinist Katrina Lee, Violist Liam Brolly, and Cellist Elias Rooney. With a profound love for both historic masterpieces and contemporary works, the Barra Trio repertoire spans a wide range of musical eras, captivating audiences with interpretations that honor the essence of each composition while infusing it with their own distinctive artistry.

Katrina Lee - Violin

Katrina Lee, a Yorkshire-born Violinist, is a distinguished alumna of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She graduated with first-class Honours in 2014 and awarded her Master of Music in 2016, studying under Andrea Gajic. Her academic journey was marked by numerous accolades, winning all the available string and chamber music prizes; including the Hilda Bailey award, Ian D Watt award, Governors Prize for Strings, Robert Highgate Scholarship, and the Governors Prize for chamber music.

In 2017, Katrina assumed the role of Principal 2nd Violin with the Scottish Ballet orchestra, gaining proficiency in the rich ballet repertoire, including Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Nutcracker, and Prokofiev's 'Cinderella.' When not in the ballet pit, she can be found performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Katrina has also performed with other notable orchestras and ensembles across the UK, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia; performing extensively around the world in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

In her musical pursuits, Katrina aspires not only to excel as a Violinist but also to amplify the voices of those composers who have historically been overlooked, making her mark as a champion of diversity and inclusion in the classical music landscape. Her passion lies in collaborating with like-minded musicians who share her commitment to showcasing the lesser-heard parts of classical musical heritage together. This commitment is reflected in her involvement with various ensembles, including the Lee-Horvath Violin and Piano Duo, Escocia Violin and Classical Guitar Duo, Isola String Quartet.

Outside of her musical pursuits, Katrina finds joy in cooking for loved ones, hula hooping, and cherishing moments with friends and family. She plays a modern violin (2003) inspired by Guarneri del Gesu, crafted by Andrew Fairfax, and a bow by Claude Thomassin.

Liam Brolly - Viola

Liam Brolly Viola Glaswegian Violist, Liam Brolly, is sought after internationally as an orchestral and chamber musician. Liam has appeared as Guest Principal Violist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne. Other orchestral performances have included the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2019, Liam made his debut as a guest artist with both Dilijan and Salastina Chamber societies as well as the highly acclaimed Monday Evening Concert Series. Chamber music partners have included members of the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, and Edinburgh Quartets, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, and 1st Concert Master of the Berlin Philharmonic, Noah Bendix-Balgley. Liam holds an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he studied with renowned Scottish Violist, Paul Coletti.

Elias Rooney - Cello

Elias David Rooney studied with Robert Irvine at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and then in Copenhagen with Andreas Brantelid and London with Natalie Clein. More recently he has been enjoying a monthly zoom lesson with Alban Gerhardt.

During his time at the RCS, Elias gained extensive experience playing string quartets and won all available prizes for chamber music. He has also performed with the Edinburgh Quartet.

Elias currently teaches cello at Glenalmond College and combines this with freelance orchestral work throughout the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. He has worked with the orchestras of English National Opera and Scottish Ballet, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He is also a member of the award winning Belfast Ensemble, a Belfast based collective of artists bringing cutting edge, cross-disciplinary performance to audiences in Northern Ireland and beyond. Elias enjoys a trip to the West End of London and has played the solo cello part in Les Misérables, The King and I, My Fair Lady and Hamilton. He was also appeared in seasons six and seven of Outlander as the brilliant and complex character known as “Background Cellist.”

Elias has performed live on BBC Radio 3, Radio Ulster and World Radio, RTÉ Lyric FM and Classic FM. He has toured and recorded with Evanescence, Foy Vance, Karl Jenkins, Belle and Sebastian, Ronan Keating, Tim Howar, Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins.

Elias plays a cello by Kai-Thomas Roth and bows by Howard Green and Charles Louis Bazin.

The programme for our concert is as follows:

  • Schubert Trio No 1 Bb Major
  • Hummel Trio in G Minor
  • Enescu Aubade


  • Bach-Mozart Prelude and Fugu (From the Well-Tempered Clavichord Part 1 No.8)
  • Dohnanyi Serenade
  • Kodaly Intermezzo for String Troi

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