MARSYAS TRIO flute, cello and piano

Wednesday 2 November 2022 8pm

Louise Farrenc    Piano trio in E minor, op 45

Hilary Tann         ‘In the Theatre of Air’

Thea Musgrave   Canta Canta for flute, cello & piano

Chen Yi                ‘Night Thoughts’

Fanny Hensel      Piano Trio in D minor, op 11

The Marsyas Trio, was formed in 2009 by graduates of the Royal Academy of Music, and comprises Helen Vidovich (flute), Olga Stezhko (piano) and Val Welbanks (cello). The use of the name of Marsyas (the satyr who took up Athena’s discarded flute and challenged Apollo to a contest) represents the trio’s ambition to revive and challenge tradition in the field of chamber music. They hope to inspire a generation of new works through commissioning and recording while bringing to the public forgotten music from the existing classical repertoire.

Their programme for Ilkley highlights women composers from Mendelssohn’s sister, Fanny, through the French piano virtuoso, Louise Farrenc, and the 20th-century English composer Thea Musgrave. It features two 21st century works by Welsh-born composer, Hilary Tann, and Chinese-born Chen Yi, both of whom now live in New York.