The flute-viola-harp combination has been around for a century, after Claude Debussy composed his Sonata in 1915. Yet, it is still considered unusual and finding repertoire is a bit of a challenge.
The Pelléas Ensemble has taken the chamber music world by storm by not only winning the Harp Chamber Music competition in 2015 and the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition in 2016 but also the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme, as well as becoming finalists in the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition.
Music is the most intimate form of communication and the goal of this young ensemble is for every listener to feel that the flute, viola and harp are being played for them and no one else. A more immediate and intimate connection is achieved by the ensemble playing from memory and introducing every piece in order to create a friendly rapport with the listeners.
It promises to be a charming programme – an hour of tonal deliciousness and unrelenting melody.
Henry Roberts – Flute
Luba Tunnicliffe – Viola
Oliver Wass – Harp