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Trio Severn make a welcome return to the Festival with guest violinist Ben Powell and a programme of masterworks by Beethoven and Brahms that form the core piano trio repertoire from the classical period.
This will be combined with the engaging Debussy trio which is an early work, written when the composer was only 18, marking the centenary of Debussy’s death.
The programme will be:

Beethoven Trio in Bb op 11 “Gassenhauer”
Debussy Trio in G
Brahms Trio No 2 in C Op.87

David Powell (Cello) is Sub-Principal cellist with the CBSO having worked with many of the major UK orchestras and studied with Jacqueline du Pre and Bernard Greenhouse from the Beaux Arts piano trio. He has taught at the University of Nottingham and is a founder member of the Montpellier String Trio.
Robert Markham (Piano) is Accompanist in Residence and Piano Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He studied at the Juilliard School in New York and was a finalist in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. He also appears regularly with other members of the CBSO and his many solo and chamber music performances concerts extend throughout the UK and abroad.
We are particularly delighted this year to be including Ben Powell, as guest violinist with Trio Severn playing alongside his father, David, in what will be an electrifying combination. Ben started playing the violin at the age of 2, taught by his mother.  At 11 years old Ben was chosen by the British Suzuki Institute to represent Great Britain in Japan during the 1998 Winter Olympics. Whilst at school he played for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain performing annually at the London Proms.
In 2005 Ben was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston graduating in 2009 summa cum laude with a degree in jazz composition.
Ben is fast assuring his position as one of the most versatile violinists of his generation. He now lives and works in Los Angeles, California after residencies in Boston, Paris and New York.

The concert will take place in the beautiful and atmospheric St Michael’s Church in Broadway.

Kindly sponsored by Charles Stanley
Piano generously sponsored by Mrs Helen Rhoden
Tickets on sale through the website in March:
Benefactors & Friends priority booking opens March 16th with standard ticket sales from 30th March

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