Trio d'ART

Trio d'ART made its debut the in magnificent setting of the Dartington Great Hall during the 2008 Dartington International Summer School & Festival, in a program which included the world premiere of "Panta Rei" by the Slovakian composer Juraj Filas, a work already hailed as a contemporary masterpiece. The group has gone on to perform throughout the UK and in Europe, including adjudication and performance at the 2009 Gdansk International Brass Competition, Poland. Their programs combine established repertoire with newly commissioned works which reveal the piano and brass trio as a chamber music medium to rival the flexibility and expressive qualities of the classic string and piano trio. Archibald, Reid & Kenny are all recognised as leading pedagogues, and therefore Trio d'ART is a natural extension of their work in music education. Recent projects have included the world premieres of works by John Reeman, Cecilia McDowall, and Peter Swan, and the production of a short documentary film made during a recording at the Michael Tippet Centre of Bath Spa University.  Forthcoming projects include the premier of new works by Matthew King and the exciting young Scottish composer Peter Longworth.

Paul Archibald

Paul's first appointment was as Co-Principal Trumpet in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden working with great conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Sir Colin Davis and Sir Georg Solti. In 1980 he relinquished this position to concentrate on work with his group, the English Brass Ensemble and to perform as a member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the London Sinfonietta.  
Throughout the 1980's Paul travelled extensively with these chamber groups, performing at many musical centres throughout the world. His enthusiasm for contemporary music was reflected in the work of the English Brass Ensemble whose focus was performing contemporary brass repertoire. The ensemble commissioned and premiered many new works and worked with leading composers such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Gunthur Schuller, Witold Lutoslawki and Elliott Carter. 
In 1984 Paul was a prize winner at the Toulon Prix de Concours, a major international trumpet competition which laid the foundations of his career as a soloist. He has since performed the solo repertoire with many of Britain's finest orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia and the Orchestra of St John's. 
In 1995 he was appointed Principal Trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and during this period he had the opportunity to perform many of the great orchestral works. Paul is now actively involved in almost every aspect of musical performance: chamber music with Trio D'Art with John Kenny (trombone) and Helen Reid (piano), English Brass, Carnyx Brass Trio and the Fibonacci Sequence: orchestral music as a member of OSJ, Britten Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players: commercial music, having performed on many film soundtracks with icons of popular culture such as Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Bob Geldoff and duo repertoire, performing in recitals with pianist Helen Reid.  
Paul is also based in Trinidad & Tobago working as Principal Trumpet with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and as Professor of Music at the National Academy of Performing Arts, Port of Spain. He is also a member of Chaconia Brass, comprised of principal players with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Trinidad & Tobago. 
Paul runs two brass courses throughout the year, at the Dartington International Summer School and the Benslow Music Trust. He is also the Artistic Director of Brass Classics, a recording label featuring the colourful world of the brass repertoire and its performers. His discography includes 'Joie de Vivre', 'Divertissement' and Peter Maxwell Davies' 'Trumpet Sonata' recorded for the composers own label, Max Opus. As a conductor Paul's discography includes 'Proclamation', with the International Celebrity Trumpet Ensemble and 'Hodie Gloriosa' with the London Mozart Players Brass Ensemble. Paul also edits two series of brass music for Brass Wind Publications: the English Brass Collection consists of new works for brass ensemble and the Paul Archibald Collection consists of new additions to the solo repertoire.

John Kenny

John Kenny was born in 1957 in Birmingham. Internationally recognised for his interpretation of contemporary music, he also performs jazz and early music. As a composer, he is particularly active in collaborations with dance and theatre, and this love of theatre is often an important feature of his recital output. After studying with Harold Nash at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and then on an Arts Council bursary with James Fulkerson,  Kenny worked as an actor/musician with the Bubble Theatre in London, then made his debut as a soloist in the Purcell Room in 1982. In 1983 he was a prize-winner at the Gaudeamus International Competition in Holland, and has since given recitals and broadcast world-wide, both as a soloist and with ensembles including Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt and Ensemble Alternance of Paris, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Paragon Ensemble, and the National Orchestras of Romania and Moldova, and the Sofia Philharmonic. In 1984 he was a founder member of the TNT Music Theatre Company, collaborating with playwright Paul Stebbings in productions which continue to tour hundreds of venues throughout Europe, Russia and Japan, and Korea.

In December 2005 Kenny acted as narrator in the premier of his own dramatic setting of the Book of Revelation in modern German translation, Das A und Das O for trombone, organ, and actor for the Landshut Festival, going on to give performances in Germany & Switzerland with trombonist Michael Buettler & organist Georg Rothenaicre throughout 2006. In June 2006 Kenny premiered his cantata Nocturne for solo trombone and chamber choir in the Arctic Cathedral of Tromso in Norway, with Vokal Nord, and also composed and directed music for The American Drama Group of Europe’s production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew, which premiered in Singapore and went on to tour the far East and Europe for ten months.

Projects in 2007 included the release of the sixth in his ongoing series of CD albums on the BML label: The Marshall Plan, in collaboration with the American poet Grantly Marshall, solo performances in France, Portugal, China (including the debut of the European Trombone Ensemble) and Bulgaria, as well as a six month period as the first ever Glenfiddich Composer in Residence in Dufftown. He received a BBC commission to write a trio for trumpet, horn and carnyx, premiered by Carnyx Brass making its televised debut before a live audience of 25,000 at Glasgow’s Proms in the Park. He established Trio d’ART with trumpeter Paul Archibald and pianist Helen Reid, during the Dartington International Summer School.

In 2008 John Kenny made his debut as a film director with the release of Secret House concluding a project begun in 2000 with film maker John McGeoch.  He also commissioned and toured Scotland with a program of new works, Embracing The Unknown for trombone, harp & string quartet with harpist Catriona McKay and the Edinburgh string quartet. In September he was appointed composer in residence at the Le Corbusier convent of La Tourette on behalf of the Xenakis Institut, France.

During 2009 John Kenny composed and directed the score for TNT Music Theatre’s production of Romeo & Juliet, which toured world wide from February 2009 to April 2010. In February and March he undertook a solo recital tour of the USA, including the world premier of new works by composers Annie Guzzo and Rusty Banks in collaboration with American poets Kate Northrop and Harvey L. Hicks. Other highlights included a music theatre collaboration Küche, Diele, Bad with German composer Thomas Witzman, and a command performance on the carnyx before the Queen of Denmark at Silkeborg Museum, Jutland. In July Embracing the Unknown was released as a CD album on the Brass Classics label.

So far in 2010, Kenny has premiered the hour long suite Tam Lin at the Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow, in collaboration with clarinettist Dick Lee and pianist James Ross and then toured Germany, Austria and Switzerland for six weeks with TNT Theatre’s The Mystery of Edgar Allen Poe as musician, actor and composer. Forthcoming projects include performances and recordings with La Banda Europa, True North Orchestra, and Music at the Brewhouse, aCarnyx Brass tour to Malta, the making of a duo album with trombonist Emily White featuring his Sonata for female trombonist, and the premier by Trio d’ART of new works by Etienne Rolin, Peter Swan, and David Robertson.

John Kenny lives in Edinburgh, and is a professor at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.

Helen Reid

Helen Reid first came to public attention when she appeared on BBC2 in the National Keyboard Finals of the BBC Young Musician competition in 1998. In 2000 she won first prize in the Karic International Piano Competition. In 2006 she was hailed as a 'rising star' in The Independent magazine.

Helen has given recitals all around in England, at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Fairfield Halls and Blackheath Halls, London, St. George's, Bristol, Cheltenham, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Aldeburgh and Buxton Festivals. She has performed in Spain, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Recent performances have included Rachmaninov's second piano concerto with the Westmoreland Orchestra and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Aurelian Ensemble at Blackheath Halls.

Helen studied at Chetham's School, Royal Holloway University and Cologne Music College, completing a Master's Degree at City University and the Guildhall School of Music. She is currently professor of piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Leeds College of Music, Trinity College of Music Junior Department and has been invited to give masterclasses at Gdansk Conservatoire, Bristol and Hull Universities, Dartington International Summer School and Pro Corda.

Future plans include solo and chamber recitals around Britain with cellist Sheida Davis and Trio d'Art, as well as recitals at the Salle Pleyel and Hatchlands Park with the London Pleyel Trio, and the world premiere of David Matthews' piano concerto at the 2010 Dartington International Summer School.


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