31 05 2013 Fournier

The Fournier Piano Trio


  • Haydn. Piano Trio in E flat major Hob XV 29.
  • Mendelssohn. Piano Trio No 1 in D minor.
  • Ravel. Piano Trio in A minor.

The Fournier Piano Trio:
Chiao - Ying Chang. Piano
Sulki Yu. Violin
Pee - Jee Ng. Cello

This concert explores the changing nature of the piano trio from its classical origins through the romantic era and ending with one of the most famous trios from the twentieth century.

After studying in London, they formed their trio in 2009. They are currently ’Artists in Residence’ at Wolfson College, Oxford. Having performed at the Bath International Festival in 2012, they made their debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

‘The fine Fournier Trio made me keen to hear more of them’, wrote Hilary Finch in The Times after their Purcell Room Concert in November 2011. They were awarded the second prize and audience prize at the Trondheim International Festival in the same year.


18 05 2013 Strings

Royal College of Music Strings*. Directed by Sean Riley


  • Vaughan Williams. Five Variants Of Dives and Lazarus*'. (augmented by the advanced string players of Farlingaye High School and Woodbridge School.)
  • Mozart. Divertimento in D major K 136.
  • Bach. Double Violin Concerto in D minor.
  • Grieg. Holberg Suite.
  • Elgar. Serenade For Strings in E minor.
  • Bartok. Romanian Dances.

In the Five Variants, Vaughan Williams explores five different versions of this beautiful folk song which made such a profound impression on him. It was performed at his memorial service in Westminster Abbey in 1958. The concert continues with some of the most iconic works for string ensemble and ends, as it began, with another great European composer’s tribute to his national folk music. *This is the third educational project organised by WCC involving the town’s two secondary schools.

The American violinist Sean Riley is an alumnus of both the Julliard and Aspen Schools of Music. He has studied with Kyung Wha Chung and worked with Bernard Haitink, James Levine and Pierre Boulez. Awarded an MA in performance, he is currently studying for a doctorate at the Royal College Of Music.