Clarice Assad (voice and piano), Michael Baker, Vasilis Bessas, James Jervis and Rory Russell

This exciting collaboration, rooted in a long friendship and formed in late 2018, presents an eclectic programme full of rhythm, energy, humour and emotion.

Amy Tress (violin), William Newell (violin), Alistair Vennart (viola) and Stephanie Tress (cello)

Winner of the 2014 ROSL Ensemble Competition, the Solem Quartet was formed in 2011 at Manchester University, and takes its name from the university’s motto.

“heartfelt brio and winningly understated virtuosity … in a performance that was personable, and brimming with accomplishment and cohesion”

— Scunthorpe Concert Society, Clive Davies

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

Michael Baker, Vasilis Bessas, James Jervis and Rory Russell

Among the world’s leading guitar quartets, the dynamic and innovative Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is known for extraordinary ensemble and expansive repertoire.

“If one guitar quartet can give a traditional string quartet a run for its money in terms of abundant technique and breath-taking artistry, it is the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet.”

— International Record Review, Robert Levett

Konrad Elias-Trostmann (violin), Vladimir Waltham (cello) and Prach Boondiskulchok (piano)

With a rich and varied cultural and musical background, the Linos Piano Trio is increasingly recognised as one of Europe’s most creative and dynamic trios.

“the ensemble between these three players was superb … a slow-burning, gripping performance, the playing rich and passionate … performed with control and tonal intensity … the players brought brilliance and élan”

— The Strad Magazine

Huw Wiggin, Ellie McMurray, José Bañuls and Shevaughan Beere

As one of Britain’s leading young sax quartets, the Ferios’ frequent concerts and recent discs for Chandos have received deservedly wide critical acclaim.

“What’s immediately striking about this disc is the tonal subtlety and expressiveness of the Ferios’ playing … their phrasing is buoyant and lyrical; slow impressionistic passages … are lucidly and atmospherically voiced … the artistry of the performances is beyond question.”

— Gramophone Magazine, Richard Bratby

Lucy Gould (violin), Robert Plane (clarinet), Richard Lester (cello) and Benjamin Frith (piano)

This partnership, first brought together for a performance of Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’, stretches back through 25 years of experience.

“The Gould Trio … with clarinettist Robert Plane, achieved a perfect balance of structural exactitude and lyricism.”

— The Guardian, Rian Evans

Galliard Ensemble

Kathryn Thomas (flute), Owen Dennis (oboe), Katherine Spencer (clarinet), Richard Bayliss (horn) and Helen Storey (bassoon)

Former BBC New Generation Artists, the Galliard Ensemble is established as one of Britain’s leading chamber groups, and has an expansive repertoire.

“the finesse and vitality that have become the Galliard’s hallmarks … the Galliard’s excellent playing, well-balanced and full of character, gives a boost of ebullience and elegance”

— Gramophone, Geoffrey Norris

Francesco Sica (violin), Claude Frochaux (cello) and Irina Botan (piano)

Formed in 2008, the trio has performed in major concert halls around the world, and released two CDs, the first chosen as Stereo Magazine’s CD of the Month.

“The outstanding musicians of Monte Piano Trio capture in an extraordinary way the soul of these wonderful pieces; they delight their listeners with insightful, vivid and highly structured interpretations which also exhibit a perfect technical mastery.”

— Rondo Magazine, Michael Wersin