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Cantilena Festival Piano Trio

The rich sonorities of violin, cello and piano, each fabulous as a solo instrument, are thrilling when heard in combination.

Angus Ramsay (violin), Sarah Harrington (cello) and Scott Mitchell (piano) are coming to Kinloch Rannoch in mid-July to play an exciting programme of music including Beethoven's Archduke Trio, regarded by many as the greatest of all works for this combination of instruments.

All three musicians have close associations with the Cantilena Festival, an annual week of chamber music on the beautiful Hebridean island of Islay, and this year they will be participating in the event immediately prior to the Rannoch concert. Angus and Scott are the festival's artistic directors - they founded it in 2001 along with cellist Adrian Shepherd - and Sarah's father John was one of its founder members.

The trio will perform three greats of the piano trio repertoire:

Mozart Piano Trio in G, K496
, composed in 1786. This was the first true piano trio in which keyboard, cello and violin have equal prominence, moving away from the prevailing style of the time, the 'accompanied piano sonata'. Listen out in the elegant slow movement for the opera-like duets between the cello and violin as they respond to the piano accompaniment.

Haydn Piano Trio No. 42 in E flat XV: 30
, first published in Vienna in 1797, and thought to be the last piano trio written by the composer. This is a wonderfully inventive work, with a rich variety of themes and ever-changing textures.

Beethoven Piano Trio in B flat, Op.97, published in 1816, and named after its dedicatee Archduke Rudolph who studied piano and composition with Beethoven. In this magnificent work of symphonic breadth and grandeur Beethoven exploits the piano trio genre to its full potential.

Each member of the Cantilena Festival Piano Trio is a distinguished musician in his or her own right. Angus has an impressive background of playing in European orchestras; he is Principal Second Violin of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Sarah is also a member of the Scottish Opera Orchestra as well as being a busy freelance player performing in chamber and ensemble groups around Scotland. Scott is a senior staff accompanist and chamber music coach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and has been delighting Music in Rannoch audiences for many years as both soloist and accompanist.

Tickets for the concert are £8 at the door, with free admission for children. Refreshments (a glass of wine or a soft drink, and nibbles) will be served during the interval.