London Bridge Trio, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

London Bridge Trio

London Bridge Trio 'The London Bridge Trio aren't afraid to tell it like it is. Playing that is as compelling as it is rapt... Gramophone

David Adams, violin Kate Gould, cello Daniel Tong, piano The London Bridge Trio is one of Britain's leading chamber ensembles. The trio originally formed in 2002 as the London Bridge Ensemble and they continue to prioritise strong, composer-led programmes with the option to collaborate with regular guest artists. Their name reflects an admiration for English music of the early twentieth century, which forms part of the group's varied repertoire and is represented by their hugely successful Frank Bridge recordings.

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    Recently the trio has appeared frequently in London with Wigmore Hall and Kings Place concerts as well as a residency at St John's Smith Square, entitled 'Brahms and his World', which represented four aspects of his composing life with mixed combinations and song. Their concert of Czech music at Champs Hill in Sussex was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3. Thought-provoking pre-concert talks and lecture-recitals are something LBT is increasingly known for, and their collaboration with Richard Wigmore continues, exploring together the influences, connections and history of works by Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms. The group has also appeared at venues including Queen's Hall, St George's and the Ponte de Lima Festival (Portugal).

    In 2008 the ensemble founded its own festival, the Winchester Chamber Music Festival, in the hometown of their cellist Kate Gould. They now welcome capacity audiences each year in late April/early May and have secured their reputation for stylish programmes involving exceptional international artists. In 2017 they will be joined by the Gould Trio to celebrate their tenth festival and past artists have included the Heath and Navarra quartets as well as members of the Elias Quartet and Kungsbacka Trio.

    In Autumn 2015 the London Bridge Trio released a disc of Dvorak Piano Quartets on the Champs Hill label, with guest violist Gary Pomeroy of the Heath Quartet. The album received rave reviews in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine (double five stars) and the Observer. The trio has a long association with baritone Ivan Ludlow, enabling the inclusion of Lieder alongside connected chamber works. Together they have recorded the Three Songs with Viola by Frank Bridge and La Bonne Chanson by Fauré, as well as various songs with piano.

    The ensemble's recordings of works by Frank Bridge were released by Dutton and met with plaudits from the critics, including unreserved commendations from Gramophone Magazine, International Record Review, American Record Guide and BBC Radio 3 (CD Review). Their second Bridge disc was shortlisted for the Gramophone Chamber Music Award 2011. Their Schumann recording for Sonimage Classics drew observations such as 'rendered with a bubbling brilliance', and 'heart-touchingly eloquent' from the Sunday Times. A collection of works by Fauré followed on Sonimage Classics, and received excellent reviews from both The Strad and Gramophone magazines.

    'these stylish newcomers deserve a place at the top table next to such exalted predecessors as… Benjamin Britten with members of the Amadeus Quartet' Gramophone

David Adams, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

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David Adams


David Adams is leader of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and tutor in violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Having previously performed with the London Bridge Trio as guest violist, David was invited to join the trio as their new violinist in 2017. Passionate about chamber music David has been a member of the Raphael Ensemble and Ovid Ensemble is now delighted to be exploring the extraordinary piano trio repertoire with two such wonderful, distinguished musicians, Kate Gould and Daniel Tong.

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    With regular guest appearances, recordings and broadcasts on both violin and viola with the Nash Ensemble, Endellion String Quartet, Gould Piano Trio and Hebrides Ensemble, he has recently recorded the complete Brahms Piano Quartets with the Gould Piano Trio. He regularly attends the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. This year also includes performances at the Winchester Festival, Leeds International Chamber Music Series, Corbridge Festival, and further concerts with the Nash Ensemble. David has also appeared as guest leader of many of the UK's symphony and chamber orchestras and recently enjoyed playing Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    In his role at WNO David has performed several concertos with the orchestra and enjoys directing concerts from the violin, including Mozart Symphonies 39, 40 and 41, Beethoven Symphony no.1, Viennese concerts, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and most recently Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Nights Dream. Their future plans include the Lark Ascending later in July at St David’s Hall, concerts at the Fishguard Festival including the Mendelssohn Octet and a tour of Viennese concerts in the New Year.

    David belongs to a musical family, his father was Principal Viola of the Halle Orchestra and he is married to the cellist Alice Neary. Alice and David take enormous pleasure in being the artistic directors of the Penarth Chamber Music Festival, which takes place each July on Penarth Pier. He began his studies at the age of 5 with his father continuing his training with Malcolm Layfield at Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM and then in the USA with Zvi Zeitlin and Daniel Phillips. His instruments are a Joannes Gagliano violin from 1800 and a Betts viola c.1840 previously played by his father.

Kate Gould, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Kate Gould


Kate Gould has an exciting and varied international performing career. During her studies at the Royal Academy of Music she formed the Leopold String Trio, which rocketed to fame through the numerous prizes and awards it achieved, including Young Concert Artists Trust, ECHO Rising Stars, Royal Philharmonic Award, BBC New Generations Artists and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award. They performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall. Each disc they recorded on the Hyperion label, including collaborations with pianists, Paul Lewis and Marc-André Hamelin, was met with the deepest praise from the press.

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    Kate is now thrilled to be focusing on the piano trio repertoire with her present group, the London Bridge Trio, with violinist David Adams and pianist Daniel Tong. She set up the flourishing Winchester Chamber Music Festival for the group, which celebrated its tenth year in April by commissioning a new trio by Colin Matthews. She also established the Ironstone Chamber Music Festival with her sister, violinist Lucy Gould, which takes place in September in the Ironstone villages of north Oxfordshire. She is a regular guest at the some other special festivals around the world, such as Festival de los Siete Lagos in north Patagonia, Argentina, Sunnmore Chamber Music Festival, Norway, Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and Penarth Pier Chamber Music Festival.

    She is also a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and is frequently invited as guest principal cellist of many symphony and chamber orchestras in the UK. In September she will begin teaching at the Welsh College of Music and Drama

    Kate is very fortunate to play a cello by Carlo Guiseppe Testori of Milan, 1711. The purchase was made possible by the Stradivari Trust, who set up the Kate Gould Cello Trust when a syndicate of investors bought shares in the instrument. She hopes to find a way to make the cello her own one day.

Daniel Tong, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Daniel Tong


Daniel Tong enjoys a varied and diverse career, primarily as a chamber music pianist but also as soloist, song accompanist, teacher, writer and festival director. Gramophone magazine have described him as “an extraordinarily sympathetic Schubertian” and his first solo CD of music by Schubert was released on the Quartz label. He has broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3, including solo works by Janacek and Bridge. He has performed series of lecture-recitals on Beethoven's piano sonatas at St George's Bristol and curated festivals of music by Dvorak, Elgar and Beethoven at Kings Place in London.

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    As chamber musician, aside from his life with the London Bridge Trio, Daniel has collaborated with the Elias, Heath, Navarra, Dante and Callino quartets. He is founder of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and the Winchester Chamber Music Festival. He has recently recorded the Brahms cello sonatas with Robin Michael for Resonus Classics, on a Blüthner piano chosen by Brahms himself in the 1890s. In 2016 he also recorded works for violin and piano by Fauré and David Matthews for Deux-Elles (with Sara Trickey). Both of these CDs are due for release later this year. Daniel is lucky to play with an array of inspiring partners, often at his chamber festivals in Winchester and Wye.

    In 2015 'Beethoven Plus' commissioned ten new works to partner the ten Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano. Daniel premiered the cycle at Kings Place in London with Krysia Osostowicz and their duo has since performed this fascinating and inspiring set around the country, including St George's, Bristol, Cambridge and Sheffield Universities and the Sound Festival in Aberdeen. They record the cycle throughout 2017 for SOMM records.

    With ‘Music Discovery Live’, Daniel collaborates several times each year with musicologist Richard Wigmore on study sessions and concerts. These projects have included explorations of solo works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and more, as well as many chamber music masterpieces. His passion for song accompaniment has led to work with Ivan Ludlow, Mary Bevan, Stephan Loges, Clare Presland and others. Daniel loves teaching and is Head of Piano in Chamber Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire as well as chamber music coach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Alice Neary, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

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Alice Neary


Alice enjoys a varied performing career and has recently been appointed principal cellist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has played concertos with many leading orchestras including Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, BBCNOW, Liverpool Philharmonic, Israel Symphony and Baltimore Symphony. Familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 3, she has performed at major festivals including BBC Proms chamber series, Bath International, Santa Fe (USA) and Manchester International Cello Festival. Her discography includes the Mendelssohn cello sonatas and concertos by Howells and Tovey.

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    Alice studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music and, as a fulbright scholar, with Timothy Eddy at Stonybrook, USA. As winner of 1998 Pierre Fournier Award, Alice made her début at the Wigmore Hall, launching her career in the UK and abroad. Other competition successes include 2001 Leonard Rose (USA) and 1997Adam (NZ) International Cello Competitions, the Silver Medal in 1994 Shell/LSO competition and 1996 Royal Over-Seas League String prize.

    Alice is a member of the Gould Piano Trio, which has remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for the past 20 years. Career highlights include the complete piano trios of Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak at the Wigmore Hall, the commissioning of new works from Sir James MacMillan and Mark Simpson, regular tours of USA and over 25 CD releases.

    Alice collaborates with pianists Benjamin Frith and Daniel Tong and has appeared as guest cellist with the Nash Ensemble, Ensemble 360 and the Endellion, Elias, Heath, Sorrel, and Bingham quartets. Regular visits to International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove provide ongoing inspiration.

    Much in demand as a teacher, Alice has been tutor in cello at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal college of Music. She is now based in her home town of Cardiff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was awarded a Fellowship in 2015. She and her husband, David Adams founded the Penarth Chamber Music Festival in 2014. Alice plays a cello by Alessandro Gagliano of 1710.

Robin Green, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Robin Green


'A light touch and an engaging tone' The Strad magazine
Robin Green enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor.

Robin's CD, Dialog mit Mozart released on the Gramola label with violinist Daniel Auner was 'Editor's Choice' in the Strad Magazine. His recording Games Chorales and Fantasiereleased on the Claves label was reviewed by Gramophone:

' intelligent and sensitive musician with a genuine flair for imaginative programming.'

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    Robin has performed recitals in many of the world's most important concert venues including the Wigmore Hall and the Vienna Musikverein. His festival appearances have included the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Interlaken Classics Festival, Davos Young Artists Festival, the International Musicians Seminar 'Open Chamber' Festival at Prussia Cove, the Pharos Trust and the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier.

    As a concerto soloist, Robin has performed with the European Union Youth Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, Camerata Nordica, Orchestra Simfonica Bucuresti Orchestra Vitae and Melos Sinfonia.

    From 2008-2016, Robin was part of the Francoise-Green piano duo. The duo were the first prize winners of the Royal Overseas League Chamber music competition, the Concours Nicati in Switzerland and runner up prize winners at the International Schubert duo competition. Robin is currently a member of the Odysseus Piano Trio.

    A passionate chamber musician, Robin has collaborated with Gordan Nikolitch, Valeryi Sokolov, Bogdan Bozovic, Thomas Carroll, Rolf Hind, Christian Elliott, Llyr Williams, members of the Gould piano trio and the London Haydn Quartet. Former recipient of the Leverhulme Chamber music fellowship at the Royal College of Music, Robin is now a piano professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. Supporting his studies at the Royal College of Music and the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Robin has participated in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Ivry Gitlis, Ferenc Rados, Stephen Kovacevich, Dénes Várjon and Rainer Schmidt.

Lesley Hatfield, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Lesley Hatfield


Lesley Hatfield leads a distinguished and varied musical life, combining her position as Leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with chamber music, solo playing and teaching. After graduating with First Class Honours from Clare College, Cambridge, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music. During her early career, as a chamber musician and member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, she worked with Sandor Vegh and Nicholas Harnoncourt, both of whom had a lasting influence on her musical approach. She was co-Leader of the Northern Sinfonia and Leader of the Ulster Orchestra before taking up her current position.

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    Chamber music has always been an important part of her musical life. Lesley is a member of the highly acclaimed Gaudier Ensemble and is regularly invited to participate as a guest in a wide range of ensembles and chamber music festivals, also collaborating with pianists such as Ian Brown, Alasdair Beatson and Huw Watkins. Participation in the International Musicians'Seminar at Prussia Cove has become a fixture in her diary.

    She has appeared as soloist and director with many orchestras around the UK, recorded for Chandos and Naxos labels, and is regularly heard on BBC radio 3.

    She is an enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music and has had a number of pieces written for her, including John Casken's 'Apres in Silence' which she performed in the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra. She is much in demand as a teacher, and has a busy schedule of students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2008 she was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

Rebecca Jones, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Rebecca Jones


In 2016 Rebecca moved to Cardiff to take up the post of Principal Viola of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. For over ten years she has been a member of the Callino String Quartet, a group founded at the West Cork Music Festival which continues to enjoy a high profile in Ireland as well as making regular festival performances across Europe. They have played at London's Wigmore Hall, have twice been resident at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada where they met and collaborated with Arcade Fire, and spent a week in New York with the famed contemporary specialists the Kronos Quartet culminating in a recital at Carnegie Hall. They have recorded three commercial discs and will soon release their reading of Haydn's Seven Last Words on the Cross.

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    Rebecca's musically formative years were spent in Manchester at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. She then took the opportunity to study with Thomas Riebl at the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg where she performed the Balcom Concerto for Viola and 'Cello live on Austrian national radio as part of the 'Mozartwoche' festival. During this time she was placed 4th at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Prize.

    Most recently she was Assistant Principal Viola of the City of London Sinfonia and continues to guest with top UK chamber ensembles including the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Aurora Orchestra and the baroque group Arcangelo with whom she performed the 6th Brandenburg Concerto at the Wigmore Hall. She is a frequent session musician and has toured with Adele, Bjørk and the Stereophonics. Since moving to Wales, she has also become a professor at the Royal Welsh College and the Birmingham Conservatoire.

David Stark, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

David Stark

Double Bass

David graduated with a first class BMus Hons Degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2011, studying with Graham Mitchell and Duncan McTier. David has been Principal Bass of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales since 2013 and has been guest principal of many of the symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras in the UK, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra. David is also Associate Principal Bass of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a position he has held since January 2017.

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    David also teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He regularly does classes at the Royal Northern College of Music, and coaches on both the National Children's Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. David plays on a William Fendt Double Bass 1848.

Donal Bannister, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

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Donal Bannister


Donal Bannister is the Principal Trombone of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, a position he has held since 2007. Prior to that he was a member of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Ireland, he studied at Trinity College Dublin where he was a scholar, and at the Eastman School of Music, New York.

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    His musical activities are wide ranging; in addition to orchestral playing he has done much chamber music, writing and arranging music for brass, conducting, and lecturing. He is also a regular guest with many other orchestras across the UK and beyond. Whilst at Trinity College, he did extensive research into the music of Joseph Haydn, so does not feel too much of an imposter in the Penarth Chamber Music Festival. He lives with his family here in Penarth.

Lenny Sayers, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Lenny Sayers

Bass Clarinet

Lenny Sayers is the Principal Bass Clarinet player of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and tutor in clarinet at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at Cardiff University. He studied Music at York University and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

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    Education and outreach work plays a very important part in Lenny's work as a musician. As well as playing an active part in the outreach work of BBC NOW, he has had a long association with Live Music Now and tutors on the 'Outreach Skills' module at the RWCMD. From 2016-2018 he has worked as a Creative Agent on the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative Schools scheme. As an animateur Lenny has devised and presented concerts for families at the Penarth Chamber Music Festival, and at the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival.

    His compositions have been performed on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Scotland. Two recent works for orchestra with audience participation, 'A Very Silly March' and 'Plinky Plonk Polka', have featured in the BBC NOW family concerts in Cardiff, Swansea, Llandudno and Cheltenham.

Tom Hankey, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Tom Hankey


Tom Hankey studied the violin with David Takeno, Krzysztof Smietana, Levon Chilingirian and Yossi Zivoni at the Purcell School, the Junior Guildhall School for Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.

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    Tom was first inspired to play chamber music when, aged 11, his parents took him to open rehearsals of a string quartet in the Holywell music room in Oxford. He now leads a busy career as a violinist and violist. Tom is a founding member of the Aronowitz Ensemble, which was formed to explore chamber music for the flexible combination of string sextet and piano. The group took part in the Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award enabled them to release two CDs on the Sonimage label.

    With the Callino Quartet he has toured around Europe and recorded works by Janacek, Schubert and Haydn. A long term project has been the commissioning of a set of films inspired by Haydn's 'The Seven Last words of Christ' to be screened with live performance. Enjoying collaborating with musicians from different genres Tom has toured India with sarod player Amjad Ali Kahn and the west coast of Scotland with tabla player Kuljit Bhamra as part of the Red Note Ensemble.

    Most recently he has moved to Edinburgh and joined the Edinburgh Quartet who perform throughout Scotland from the Queen's hall in Edinburgh to the remote islands. They are deeply involved in education work and community projects, often commissioning and performing new music by emerging and established composers. Tom plays on a 1770 violin by Marchi and is grateful to those who made this possible. He is also very grateful to the Ingrams family for the loan of a 1668 viola by the brothers Grancino.

Rebecca Evans, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Rebecca Evans


Rebecca Evans was born in South Wales, and studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Highlights in Rebecca's 2017/18 season include the title role in Rodelinda for the English National Opera, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte for the Royal Opera and her role debut as Alice Ford in concert performances of Falstaff with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko.

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    She has sung Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Mimì La bohème, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina Don Giovanni and Despina Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Ginevra Ariodante, Despina, Ilia Idomeneo and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at the Bayerische Staaatsoper, Munich and Despina at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. At the English National Opera she has sung the title role in Rodelinda, Governess The Turn of the Screw and Romilda Xerxes and Ginevra. Her many roles for the Welsh National Opera have included the Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier, Angelica Orlando, Liu Turandot, Mimì, Contessa, Pamina and Gretel Hänsel und Gretel. In the USA she has sung Susanna and Zerlina for the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Susanna in Santa Fe; Pamina and Adèle Die Fledermaus for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Zerlina, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress and Adina L’elisir d’amore for the San Francisco Opera.

    In concert she has appeared at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals and she is a regular guest at the BBC Proms. Recent highlights have included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester/Blomstedt and with the London Symphony Orchestra/Gardiner, A Child of our Time with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/Rizzi, The Apostles with the Hallé Orchestra/Elder and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Accademia Santa Cecilia/Pappano.

    A Grammy Award winning artist, she has recorded prolifically including Marzelline, Pamina and Gretel with Sir Charles Mackerras, Ilia with David Parry and Laila with Brad Cohen (Chandos); Nanetta with Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Philips); a series of Gilbert and Sullivan recordings with Sir Charles Mackerras and a solo recording of Italian songs (EMI).

    Rebecca is a Trustee of the Colwinston Charitable Trust and patron of several charities, among them Shelter Cymru, Ty Hapus and Music in Hospitals Cymru/Wales.

The Festival

World class concerts against a backdrop of stunning seascapes. Our distinguished musicians bring the international stage to Penarth.


The Artists

Our distinguished musicians bring the international stage to Penarth.

Artistic Directors

David Adams and Alice Neary


Rebecca Evans