ENSEMBLE 360 string trio

Wednesday 15 February 2023 8pm

Dohnányi            Serenade in C major, op 10

Watkins               String trio

Beethoven          String trio no. 1 in E flat major, op 3

Ensemble 360, the Sheffield-based chamber group, are well-known to Ilkley audiences For this concert we welcome Benjamin Nabarro (violin), and Gemma Rosefield (cello) who last visited as part of the Leonore Trio, with Rachel Roberts (viola) to play a program of music for the Cinderella of chamber music, the string trio.

They start with Dohnányi’s ebullient Serenade, a five-movement suite packed with musical riches. Next they will introduce us to the string trio by pianist and composer, Huw Watkins, commissioned in 2015 for the Nash ensemble, for whom Ben Nabarro also plays. The final piece is Beethoven’s first string trio which is, like the Dohnányi, a suite or divertimento. The six movements follow the pattern set by Mozart’s K563 divertimento in the same key and written only 6 years earlier.