Scottish trio to hit Bute Arts stage

Trio Ecossaise formed in 2001.
Trio Ecossaise formed in 2001.

Performing at Trinity Church on Friday, October 18, in the latest concert from Bute Arts Society is ‘Trio Ecossaise’.

Since their formation in 2001 for a concert in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, ‘Trio Ecossaise’ have performed extensively throughout Scotland and at the Jacqueline du Pré Concert Hall, Oxford.

All three musicians hail from Scotland, and were professionally trained at respected conservatories - the Royal Northern College of Music and Indiana University (Jennifer Brown), Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music (Harriet Davidson), the Royal Scottish Academy and the Guildhall School of Music (Claire Haslin).

In addition to their chamber music commitments, they each pursue busy and diverse freelance careers.

Jennifer returned to Scotland in 2006 - after four years as Principal clarinettist with the Orchestra of the Algarve - and has played with various orchestras in the UK including the CBSO and RSNO. As a soloist Jennifer has performed concertos by Mozart, Krommer, Mercadante and Strauss and recorded the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Winds with soloists from the Orchestra of the Algarve.

Jennifer has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, has performed in the Aldeburgh Festival, the Algarve International Music Festival, and at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

After eight years working in London, Harriet returned to Scotland in 2005, where she now enjoys a busy and diverse freelance career.

Recent engagements include work with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with whom she has toured in India and Europe;participation in ‘Inspiring Change’, an innovative education project at HMP Shotts; concerts with Jennifer for the ‘Music in Hospitals’ scheme; and performing on stage for the cabaret diva ‘Meow Meow’ and ‘Leave to Remain’.

Harriet has also recorded for BBC Radio and Television, and has performed at the Mercury Music Awards and the Glastonbury Festival.

Claire is much in demand both as an instrumental and song accompanist. She is the official accompanist for Glasgow University’s music department and tutors and accompanies at the RSAMD Junior School and the Music School of Douglas Academy. Claire is also a staff repetiteur at Scottish Opera.

Entry for the concert, which starts at 7.30pm, is £8 (free to students).