Martin Outram (viola), Katherine Thomas (harp) and Sarah Newbold (flute) are well known soloists, but also play chamber music together.
Opening their concert, “Magic Flute, A Mozartian Diversion” uses themes from Mozart’s Zauberflöte. Arnold Bax and Claude Debussy composed their trios during the dark days of World War 1, Debussy in 1915 and Bax his Elegiac Trio in 1916, but there is no evidence that either knew of the other’s work at the time.
Welsh composer William Mathias had in common with Mozart his very early ability to compose music, Mathias beginning at the age of five although he was in his mid fifties when he wrote the Zodiac Trio in 1976.
Katherine Thomas is a harpist who has performed with artists varying from Bryn Terfel and Rolando Villazon to Katherine Jenkins and the Manic Street Preachers. She has toured extensively as a soloist and with orchestras, including the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera (WNO) with whom she is Associate Principal Harp. A graduate of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied the harp with David Watkins, Katherine plays the traditional celtic and triple harps as well as the pedal harp.
Sarah Newbold is a member of the Academy of St. Martin in-the-Fields and the New London Orchestra, and formerly of both Welsh National Opera and the London Philharmonic.As a freelance player she works with many orchestras in Great Britain, regularly with the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestra. She is able to work in a variety of musical styles ranging from opera, symphony and chamber orchestras, chamber music and recitals, to film sessions and period instrument work. She has been a professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 1989.
Martin Outram studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music and since then has enjoyed a wide ranging career as quartet player, soloist and teacher. As a member of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet he has played throughout Europe, North America and the Far East. Martin appears frequently as a soloist. His repertoire embraces the major works for viola. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, where he has been a professor since 1984. He is also an Honorary Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and an Honorary Fellow of Brunel University.
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