About this Event
proudly presents the Max Bruch Trio, comprised of Alison Eales (piano), Mark Lacey (clarinet), and Robert Puzey (viola/violin), for a free lunchtime concert.
The Max Bruch Trio was formed in 2017 and the group gave their 1st concert in Highgate in September of that year. Since then they have made return visits to Highgate as well as appearing in Central London, St. Albans, East Finchley, Hitchin and Harrow.
They have covered a wide range of music for piano, clarinet and viola (or occasionally violin). Repertoire has included works by Max Bruch, Mozart, Louise Farrenc, Mendelssohn, Milhaud and Gordon Jacob. They have also performed more modern pieces, including giving the 1st performances of a trio by Geoffrey Hanson at the East Finchley Festival in the Autumn of 2018.
In July 2019 the group were very pleased to be asked to appear on Sean Rafferty's BBC Radio 3 Programme “In Tune” where they gave “live” performances of music by Mozart and Bruch. They were also able to promote their concert which was part of the inauguaral Muswell Hill Music Festival, following shortly afterwards.
Max Bruch - 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano Op.83 : No's. 1, 3 and 6
Beethoven - Trio Op.11 : Adagio
Louise Farrenc - Trio Op.44 : Adagio
Geoffrey Hanson - Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Alison Eales was an Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, studying clarinet and piano as joint first instruments. Whilst studying for her degree, Alison formed a piano duo with a fellow student, Sally Rose, which thrived for thirty years thereafter. Together they gave numerous duo recitals and concerto performances in the UK and Europe, including double concertos by Mozart, Poulenc and Saint-Saens and made recordings for the BBC.
Alison is currently a member of several chamber ensembles playing piano or clarinet, including the Yorke Piano Trio, Max Bruch Trio and the Gregynog Ensemble, a clarinet quintet which has performed many works, both well known and less familiar. As a member of the British Clarinet Ensemble, Alison has toured abroad in Europe, the U.S.A. and Japan as well as taking part in the Ensemble’s second and third CD recordings. As a clarinet soloist, Alison has recently performed the Finzi Clarinet Concerto with the Crendon Chamber Orchestra in Thame and Bruch's Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola as well as Finzi’s Bagetelles in Tring, Hitchin and at Anglesey Abbey. Recent performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto have taken place in Welwyn Garden City,Tring and Hitchin, as part of the town’s 2022 Festival. She performed Malcolm Arnold’s 2nd Clarinet Concerto with the Hitchin Symphony Orchestra and again with Leicester Sinfonia and Letchworth Sinfonia. Alison also gave the first performances of Paul Rooke’s Saxophone Concerto and is due to premiere a new concerto for clarinet, piano, strings and percussion by James Marshall in October 2022.
Alison is known locally as conductor of Hitchin Concert Band, which celebrates its Silver Anniversary this year. She is an examiner for ABRSM.
Mark Lacey studied the clarinet with Sidney Fell, and at the Royal Academy of Music with Richard Addison and Keith Puddy. He has performed regularly with many of the UK’s leading opera companies including English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera, Cambridge Opera Group, Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, Carl Rosa Opera Company and Pimlico Opera.
Mark has also performed in many theatre productions, for Chichester Festival Theatre, (including the national tour and the West End transfer of Nicholas Nickleby) the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Exchange Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
An active chamber musician, Mark is a founder member of chamber group Harmoniemusik with which he has travelled widely giving more than 300 concerts in the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and beyond since it was founded in 1991.
Robert Puzey has enjoyed a varied career teaching and freelancing on violin and viola in London and the South East. Activity has included playing with (and jointly running) The Oberon String Quartet-providing music for weddings and other functions. His teaching includes schools in north London and work with adult string players at The City Literary Institute.
He also plays chamber music with the Max Bruch Trio and was delighted to make his first appearance performing chamber music at the St. Columb Frstival in Cornwall in August 2022. Other playing in recent years has included concertos on both violin and viola, as well as work with the Orchestra of St. John's, London Gala and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestras.
His further work with amateur musicians has included leading The Chamber Orchestra-a string orchestra based in central London. He is now incorporating more conducting for courses at the City Lit. along with conducting 2 further groups-Pinner Strings and Primrose Hill Community Orchestra
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Westminster Music Library, 35 Saint Martin's Street, London, United Kingdom