Monday 11th June 2018 8:00pm

Location: St Andrew’s Parish Church, Sedbergh


Admission: Adult: £8.00, 18 or under: Free, Supper: £10.00

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The Sterling Trio is an exciting, innovative and engaging chamber ensemble who strive for the highest standard of performance both as musicians and communicators. Their unique combination of instruments – which can be complemented by bass clarinet, piccolo and alto flute – boasts an extensive and eclectic repertoire encompassing music from the Renaissance to the present day: rich 19th century opera-infused virtuosic works, impressionistic 20th-century French music, and arrangements, many by the Trio, of works by prominent composers across the ages such as Dowland, Corelli, Mendelssohn and Bartok.

Supper icon A pre-concert supper, which must be booked beforehand, will be available in the Parish Room at 6:45 p.m.

The Trio’s programme is still shaping and there may be other items still to come.

  • Howard Blake: Penillion Trio
  • Arnold Bax: Trio
  • Mozart or Donizetti (flute and harp)
  • Andy Scott: Trio


  • Jacques Ibert: Trio
  • Harp Solo – work still to be chosen
  • Paul Reade: Victorian Kitchen Garden suite (clarinet and harp)

The Sterling Trio

Sarah Atter

The trio, which formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2006, were finalists in the Tunnell Trust Music Club Awards Scheme 2011-12 and 2013-14, finalists and performers in the Park Lane Group Young Artists Concerts New Year Series 2012, and were selected artists for the 2013-14 Making Music Concert Promoters’ Group Brochure.

The Trio is passionate about raising the profile and expanding the repertoire for their instrumental combination, with commissions forming an important part of their work. Their commitment to new music has seen the Trio collaborate with several composers, including Howard Blake OBE.

Thomas Verity

Highlights from The Sterling Trio’s busy concert schedule over the last decade have included recitals in London (St. James’s Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall), Manchester (RNCM, University of Manchester), Leeds (International Concert Season), Scotland and North Wales. The Trio has also played for the Association of European Conservatoires and performs as a chamber ensemble for the Concordia Foundation. As well as formal recitals, the Trio performs for arts festivals, rural touring and National Galleries, and enjoys education and community work in schools, hospitals and residential homes.

Following recent critically acclaimed chamber music concerts together in the Yorkshire Dales, the Sterling Trio are delighted to welcome Elizabeth Bass as a guest harpist to the ensemble.

Elizabeth Bass – Harp

Elizabeth Bass

Elizabeth Bass is one of the leading British harpists of her generation and in 2016 became the first British person to reach the final of the prestigious USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington, Indiana and was awarded the Silver Medal. Other international and national awards include first prize in the 2014 Camac Harp Competition held in North London and an international Lyon & Healy Award in 2013. At the Royal Academy of Music, Elizabeth has also been the winner of the Skaila Kanga Harp Prize and was awarded the Lady Theodore Holland Prize after her Final Recital. Elizabeth is a recipient of a ‘Star Award’ from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and is incredibly grateful to the Trust for choosing to support her throughout her private studies this year.

Elizabeth has recently become a member of Live Music Now, a scheme founded by the legendary violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, which seeks to bring high quality music to those who might otherwise never experience live music. The scheme selects young professionals ‘who combine exceptional performing skills with special qualitites of insight, generosity of spirit and flexibility’, and sends them into the community in a variety of settings including carehomes, hospitals and schools for children with special educational needs. Elizabeth is very honoured to be a part of such an important, transformative organisation and looks forward to working with them over the coming years.

Some other events in June 2018

Sunday 3rd June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival: Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’

A dramatic start to the Festival as Mary Hamilton conducts Benjamin Britten’s jolly setting of Psalm 150, followed by soloists and the town’s own singers in Vivaldi’s exhilarating ‘Gloria’.

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Monday 4th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Sedbergh School Musicians Entertain

The 2018 Festival is showcasing young musicians throughout and young musicians from Sedbergh School start us off in style celebrating our first Lunch hour recital.

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Monday 4th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Kentdale Wind Quintet

One of Cumbria’s most exuberant ensembles present Malcolm Arnold shanties,  Norman Hallam’s ‘Charleston’ plus works by Thomas Arne, Paul Patterson, and more.

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Recital: Julian Cann (violin) and David Battersby (piano)

Julian has prepared for us a fine programme of Schubert, Bach and some of his favourite English music.

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Red Priest

An evening of fabulous musicianship and fun from this world renowned  baroque supergroup who hit the baroque scene a decade or so ago and have received rave reviews everywhere.

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Wednesday 6th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Castalia String Quartet

The central work of the programme is one of the core pieces of chamber music repetoire – Schubert’s Quartet No, 14 in D minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’.

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