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Looking Forward to the Barra Trio 26 May

 Top Trio Concert in Dunoon

 Cowal Music Club is really looking forward to its next concert this Sunday evening (May 26th) in St John’s Church Hall, Dunoon,  at 7.30pm, when The Barra Trio, Katrina Lee (violin), Liam Brolly (viola), and Elias Rooney (cello), will perform a marvellous and varied programme of music for String Trios.

This is a young but very distinguished ensemble, well known for their exemplary musicianship and commitment to performing both historic masterpieces and contemporary works.

Katrina Lee, who leads the trio, is already known to Cowal audiences for her outstanding concert with the Escocia Duo (with her guitarist husband Roberto Versluys) in December 2023, when she enthralled the audience with her superb playing. She is Yorkshire-born but studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), where she graduated with First-Class Honours in 2014, and won all the string and chamber music prizes, including the Governors’ Prizes, the Hilda Bailey Award & the Ian Watt award. She has been Principal 2nd Violin in Scottish Ballet Orchestra since 2017, and has often played with eminent orchestras such as the BBC SSO, RSNO, LPO, and BBC Symphony Orchestra.  She also seeks to champion music by composers who have been overlooked, and has gained a reputation as a champion of diversity and inclusion in classical music.

Liam Brolly, (violist) comes from Glasgow, but has already enjoyed an international career, having worked in orchestras in Malta, Australia, and the USA, as well as the UK. He is well-known as a chamber musician, having guested with the Tokyo, Edinburgh, and St Lawrence String Quartets. He has also worked with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and holds an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he studied with Paul Coletti.

Elias Rooney (cellist) studied at the RCS under Robert Irvine and later in London with Natalie Clein.  During his time at RCS he gained extensive experience playing chamber music, and won all the available prizes for chamber music. He has also guested with the Edinburgh Quartet. He currently freelances with many UK and Irish orchestras including ENO, The Scottish Ballet Orchestra, BBC SSO, the Ulster Orchestra, and the RTE Concert Orchestra, as well as being a member of the award-winning Belfast Ensemble, - a group bringing  new and cross-disciplinary performances to Northern Ireland.

Sunday’s programme includes a highly varied and colourful array of repertoire ranging from Trios by Schubert  and Hummel ( a contemporary of Beethoven),  to fabulous works by Dohnanyi and Kodaly, plus a few little surprises!

All are very welcome to go along and enjoy a marvellous musical evening at St John’s Hall!

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