Trio Volant, a Manchester based woodwind trio, was formed in 2010 whilst all the members were studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. Past engagements have included recitals for Darlington Music Society, Little Gaddesden and District Concert Club, Wisbech Concert Society, Buxton International Music Festival, Huddersfield Music Society, Harlech Concert Society, Harrogate International Music Festival, Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival and Maldon Festival of Arts amongst many others. The Trio particularly enjoy the opportunity to perform the lesser known reed trio chamber music repertoire.
The Trio were awarded the Dorothy Parkinson Memorial Award for Young British Musicians 2017 and are currently Recommended and Selected Artists for Making Music 2019-2020.
The individual members have a wealth of solo, chamber music and orchestral experience between them, performing nationally. Richard is a busy freelance bassoonist and is in demand throughout the North West having completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. Bea enjoys a varied career as a peripatetic teacher, animateur and freelance oboist. Tom divides his time between instrumental teaching, performing as a freelance clarinettist and working as a Music for Health practitioner. The group’s members have worked with The Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Sinfonia ViVa, Raymond Gubbay’s Manchester Concert Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra, National Festival Orchestra and Liverpool Sinfonia amongst others.
Always keen to expand the repertoire, Trio Volant were delighted that in 2018 Anthony Gilbert (previous Head of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music) kindly offered to write a new work dedicated to the Trio. Premiered at the Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival, "Return of the St Louis" is a reflective and thought provoking work and has been received with enthusiasm