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17/11 - Ducasse Trio - St James's Church, Piccadilly

  • St James's Church Piccadilly 197 Picadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9LL (map)
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Shostakovich: 5 pieces (arranged for clarinet, violin and piano)

Ives: Largo for clarinet , violin and piano

Charlotte Bray: Chant (world premiere, commissioned by Ducasse trio) 

Arutiunian: Suite for clarinet, violin & piano 


The Ducasse Trio are a passionate and vibrant young ensemble. Formed in 2012, the trio consists of award winning musicians from France, Ireland and the UK who began working together after they met as students at the Paris Conservatoire and Southbank Sinfonia. Winners of the 2014 Worshipful Company of Musicians / Concordia Award, the trio made their Wigmore Hall debut in 2015 and were 2016 YCAT finalists. The trio are engaged to perform at many other leading venues and festivals including Bridgewater Hall, St.Johns’ Smith Square, Petworth Festival, Prussia Cove, Cadogan Hall, Music for Wexford, Music for Kilkenny, Abbotsholme Arts Society, City Music Society at Bishopsgate Institute, Luton music Club, Clifden Arts Festival, Geneva Music Festival.

The trio embarked on their first national tour of Ireland in August 2014, culminating in their debut at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. A pro-active trio, they have commissioned two pieces from Christian Dachez. The premier of “Primetime” was given at the Geneva Music Festival 2013, and it received its premier in Paris in 2015. Appearances at prestigious chamber music courses include Academie Musicale de Villecroze, France, Tibor Varga Switzerland, and IMS Prussia Cove receiving coaching from Thomas Ades, Paul Meyer and Gilbert Audin. Other notable performances include the Anghiari Festival in Italy, Waterloo Festival in London and the Royal Festival Hall.

The trio are passionate about presenting the many neglected works for this ensemble to new audiences both at home and abroad.

Charlotte is the musical director of Camerata Alma Viva and also performs regularly with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. She is in constant demand as a soloist, chamber musician and leader of various chamber orchestras. 

William is one of the UK’s leading clarinettists, with regular appearances at Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. He works regularly with the Royal Opera House, BBC Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet and the Halle Orchestra.  

Fiachra was the NCH’s rising star 2011 and recently made his debut recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London and Fazioli Hall, Venice. Prize -winner at many international competitions including Dublin, Prague, Collioure, France and Jaques Samuel London, he has recorded 2 solo discs “Pour le piano” with RTE lyric fm and a live from Wigmore Hall performance. Fiachra is the artistic director of the West Wicklow Festival.

The trio would like to thank both the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust for their generous support in their commissioning of the work “Chant” by Charlotte Bray.