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Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 7.30pm


Haydn  :  Piano Trio (tba)

Rebecca Clarke  :  Piano Trio (1921)

Dvorak  :  Piano Trio No 4 in E minor, Op 90 "Dumky"

Cellist Katy Bell grew up in Glasgow. She studied at the Guildhall School in London and then with Yehuda Hanani in the USA before moving to the Netherlands. There Katy was a member of the Arba String Quartet and cello teacher for an El Sistema-based project run by Het Residentie Orkest in The Hague. Beginning in 2010 Katy performed all the Bach Suites at Podiumkunsten Emmakade, a drawing room concert venue in The Hague, and commissioned two new works for unaccompanied cello which she performed in a concert called 'Inspired by Bach'. In the US, Katy premiered new works for cello at the 2009 Midwest Composers' Symposium at the University of Michigan and performed Steve Reich's 'Music for 18 Musicians' at Cincinnati's Music X Festival under the direction of Reich himself. In 2012 Katy moved back to Scotland and after several years in Inverness she is now based in her home city of Glasgow where she enjoys teaching, performing and life with two children.

From Dingwall in the Highlands of Scotland, Emma Donald has been playing the violin since the age of 8. Growing up, she enjoyed learning both classical and traditional Scottish music, and has strived to keep both passions running simultaneously. She has a first class honours degree in music from the University of Edinburgh, where she was leader of the three main student orchestras. This has given her the opportunity to work with inspiring conductors including Will Conway, Chris George and Russell Cowieson. Since graduating, she performs regularly with orchestras such as the Mahler Players and the Amicus Orchestra.

Heralded for performances of “spectacular musicianship and technical brilliance” (The Scotsman), “evangelizing urgency” (International Record Review) and “freshness and lucidity” (The Herald Scotland), James Willshire has been praised for the virtuosity and intelligence of his pianism and has developed a reputation for his interpretations of British and French music. He has appeared as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Bridgewater Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Purcell Room, Palau de la Musica (Petit Palau), Glasgow City Halls, Queens Hall Edinburgh, Perth Concert Hall, St George’s Bristol, Caird Hall and the Fairfield Halls.  James Willshire is a member of the Keyboard Department at both the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.  He returns to musicinverness as a piano soloist after being a member of the Quintet Cairdeas which opened our season in September 2017 with a performance of Schubert's "Trout" Quintet".