Lucy Gould violin
Lucy is best known as the violinist and founder member of the Gould Piano Trio, one of the UK’s most respected ensembles.
Several international awards, a busy schedule and an impressive discography (core repertoire, lesser known works and commissions) are testament to Lucy’s dedication to this genre since embarking on her career.
Lucy studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and Indiana University, Bloomington with György Pauk and Josef Gingold. In addition, masterclasses with András Schiff, Menahem Pressler and members of the Amadeus String Quartet at Prussia Cove and the Banff Centre for the Arts were a source of great inspiration in the early days. She enjoys all aspects of the repertoire, having performed sonatas with Leon McCawley, clarinet trios with Robert Plane, horn trios with David Pyatt, Richard Watkins and Alec Frank-Gemmill and chamber music of all shapes and sizes with many of the leading artists in this field at festivals in the UK and abroad. Her experience has led to invitations to appear on international juries.
Lucy is a regular guest leader of many UK orchestras and holds the position of principal 2nd violin with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As part of the COE Academy she often gives lessons and advice to up and coming violinists and has directed student performances of Beethoven and Mozart Symphonies.
Tim Horton piano
Tim Horton is one of the UK’s leading pianists, equally at home in solo and chamber repertoire.
Following two performances of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Festival Hall, London in 1995, at the recommendation of Alfred Brendel, Tim was asked to give concerts with the RLPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.
He is a founder member of both the Leonore Piano Trio and Ensemble 360 and has been a regular guest pianist with the Nash Ensemble. He was invited to make his solo debut at Wigmore Hall in 2016 and returned there in February 2021 to give a live-streamed recital of Chopin’s four Ballades opp. 23, 38, 47 and 52, key pillars of the composer’s extensive oeuvre for solo piano, alongside Mozart’s Fantasia in C minor, K. 396, and Szymanowski’s Masques, op. 34. Between 2011 and 2015 Tim presented a complete Beethoven Sonata cycle at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield for Music in the Round, and was invited to return to perform a cycle of Schubert Sonatas from 2017-2019.
He has performed regularly at the Aldeburgh, Bath, Elverum, Plush, Presteigne, Midsummer Music and North Norfolk festivals, and has often curated concerts at the Plush Festival in Dorset. Tim has performed with many leading chamber musicians including the Elias, Vertavo and Talich Quartets, Paul Lewis, Imogen Cooper, Alasdair Beatson, Bjorg Lewis, Robin Ireland (with whom he has released two discs), Peter Cropper, Adrian Brendel and Rachel Roberts.
Robert Plane clarinet
Robert Plane is principal clarinet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Head of Woodwind Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
He was previously principal clarinet with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Rob’s hugely varied solo career has seen concerto appearances in Europe, Asia and the USA, with performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in Madrid with the City of London Sinfonia, Beijing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in the USA with the Virginia Symphony. He made his BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011 with Simon Holt’s double concerto Centauromachy. Exploring a wide range of repertoire and commissioning new works, highlights of past seasons have included Piers Hellawell’s Agricolas with the Ulster Orchestra and RTE Symphony Orchestra, Finzi with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Christian Jost with the Dortmunder Philharmoniker and Stanford with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
He has tirelessly pursued a particular passion for British clarinet music in concert and on disc, his Gramophone Award winning account of Finzi’s Concerto and Gramophone Award-shortlisted Bax Sonatas being just two of a large collection of recordings of works by the great English Romantics. He has performed and recorded with the Gould Piano Trio for over twenty five years, and their recording of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time to mark the composer’s centenary was hailed by BBC Music Magazine as the ‘finest modern recording’ of this epic masterpiece. He also appears on the Goulds’ recorded cycles of Beethoven and Brahms Trios and makes regular tours to the USA with them. They commissioned Huw Watkins to compose Four Fables for them in 2018 in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival which they direct together in Northumberland.
Rob has explored the clarinet quintet repertoire with a number of the finest string quartets, opening BBC Radio 3’s Brahms Experience with a live broadcast from St George’s Bristol of the Brahms’ Quintet with the Skampa Quartet. He recently gave a live-streamed performance of Bliss’ Clarinet Quintet from a locked-down Wigmore Hall with the Elias Quartet. He has given concerts in Germany and the USA with the Mandelring Quartet and at home in the UK with the Maggini, Carducci, Tippett, Brodsky, Dante and Sacconi Quartets. Rob has enjoyed a 25 year long relationship with the Royal Over-Seas League since winning the competition’s Gold Medal in 1992, highlights of which have included a recital tour of New Zealand and a gala performance of Bruch’s Double Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka in Colombo as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.
Always keen to take on a challenge, Rob gave his first performance of Boulez’s Dialogue de l’ombre double at the Belfast Sonorities Festival in 2018, a work he subsequently revived in Manchester’s Stoller Hall in 2019. His delving into unjustly neglected works has unearthed concertos by Iain Hamilton, Ruth Gipps and Richard Walthew which he subsequently recorded at Glasgow City Halls with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. The resulting disc, Reawakened, was released by Champs Hill Records in July 2020 to critical acclaim.
Gary Pomeroy viola
Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, Gary took inspiration from his parents who busked country music at flea markets on the weekend, and started violin lessons aged five.
He took to the viola as a teenager and was lucky enough to become an ABRSM International Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. There he enjoyed five years of guidance in solo and chamber music under Mark Knight, Chris Rowland and Thomas Riebl. He then studied at the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid.
Gary is a member of the Heath Quartet, who have been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award, made live recordings of the complete quartets of Tippett and Bartók, as well as a studio recording of Tchaikovsky Quartets 1 + 3 to critical acclaim. A Schoenberg, Berg and Webern disc is currently in post-production. Gary has also recorded the Dvořák piano quartets with the London Bridge Trio.
Gary now lives in London and enjoys a range of education work, including teaching at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, coaching the Kuumba Youth Orchestra, and tutoring on the Pro Corda Summer Course. When he is not rehearsing, performing or teaching, he is a keen runner and can be found underwater as a PADI Divemaster.