Trio Warmelink -Doucot – McLachlan at St Mary’s – On wings of song

Thursday 13 October 3.00 pm

Fresh from the Kew Academy having flown in from Salzburg where as students they met and have now created a superb trio.
Perivale was full to the rafters to hear two of the great masterpieces for piano trio by Beethoven and Brahms.
Living and rehearsing together in Kew prior to their tour which has included Manchester London and tomorrow Amsterdam.Madeline not only plays the cello divinely but she has the same love for cooking and the house has been ringing with music and the most wondrous smells from the kitchen.Callum is a dab hand at the computer and Isobel loves to practice and keep us all in order.
It is only experiencing life together that a trio can come alive as it did today with each one knowing instinctively what the other might do.Like the cat chasing the mouse ,waiting and watching ready to pounce.Each one a master of his or her instrument.The piano lid fully opened because Callum is a good driver who knows where he is going and Madeline sits in the curve of the piano knowing that the wooden lid will reflect her beautiful cello playing without any forcing.Isabel coming into her own playing in perfect harmony with her two friends.Some extraodinarily luminous playing from Callum taken over by the soaring passion of Isabel and Madeline in the sublime Brahms trio. Bringing the same meditative mystery to the Brahms Adagio that they had brought to the whispered Largo of the ‘Ghost’trio.What energy there was in the Allegro of the Beethoven and the sheer joy at the end of the first movement of the Brahms was exhilarating.
Hugh Mather has hit the nail on the head when he says St Mary’s is the ideal venue for chamber music as was proven today by a packed house listening in rapt attention to these three wonderful young players.I bet Hugh Mather is watching in from home too where he is on family duties with a well earned rest from the hundreds of concerts that he presents every season.
Roger Nellist was the expert presenter today having come down from his perch in the video studio to share in the fun we were all having on stage.

Opus 70 is a set of two Piano Trios by Beethoven. Both trios were composed during Beethoven’s stay at Countess Marie von Erdody’s estate and are dedicated to her for her hospitality. They were published in 1809 and the trio features themes found in the second movement of his 2nd Symphony . Because of its strangely scored and undeniably eerie-sounding slow movement, it was dubbed the ‘Ghost’ Trio. The name has stuck with the work ever since but it was Beethoven’s pupil Carl Czerny who wrote in 1842 that the slow movement reminded him of the ghost scene at the opening of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and this was the origin of the nickname.
A page from the original manuscript by Beethoven
In 1888 Breitkopf sold the rights in Brahms’s music that had appeared under their imprint to the composer’s principal publisher, Fritz Simrock of Berlin. Brahms eagerly seized the opportunity to recast what had been his earliest chamber work. ‘You cannot imagine how I trifled away the lovely summer’, he told Clara Schumann the following year; ‘I have rewritten my B major Trio and can now call it Op 108 instead of Op 8. It will not be so dreary as before—but will it be better?’Brahms had completed the trio in January 1854, when he was only twenty and received its first performance on 13 October 1855 in Danzig.

Isobel  Warmelink was born in Rotterdam in 1996, and studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, graduating in 2018. She is now finishing her master studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. In January 2022  she  won first prize at the prestigious Oskar Back violin competition in Utrecht. As a soloist  Isobel  has played with several orchestras, such as the Residentie Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, the Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. She performs regularly with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and she travelled with them through Europe, Asia and the United States.

Born in 1999 in Paris, France, Madeleine Douçot studied cello with Marie-Thérèse Grisenti until 2015. In 2016 she entered the Mozarteum University, Salzburg, and she now continues her Master Studies there. She is laureate of several national and international competitions, Madeleine started performing from a very young age, giving many concerts and recitals in Paris, Saratov and Moscow. She is now regularly playing in Austria, Germany, France and Italy, both as a soloist and as a member of the « Trio Tempora », founded together with the Romanian clarinetist Marius Birtea and the Hungarian pianist Emese Wilhelmy in 2017. 
In 2020 she entered the « Young Talents » programme of Jaroussky Academie in Paris. She recently joined the Métamorphoses String Quartet, an outstanding French ensemble.

Callum Mclachlan was born into a family of musicians, and started lessons with his father at the age of 7, and entered Chetham’s School of Music at age 11, where he studied with Dina Parakhina. He currently studies at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the Cologne Hochschule fur Musik. He has performed at many prestigious concert venues in the UK, Europe and USA. In 2019, he made his New York recital debut.. He has won 1st prizes in the Welsh International Piano Competition, The Youth Scottish International Piano Competition, the RNCM Chopin Competition as well as reaching the final of the EPTA Piano Competiton. He was a finalist of Robert Schumann Competition Zwickau and semi-Finalist of the Ferrol Competition, and most recently, he was selected as one of 20 participants for the Santander Paloma O’ Shea Competition. He is a Talent Unlimited Artist. He is also a Hattori Foundation Senior Finalist, who generously support his musical and artistic endeavours.


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