Mètier Ensemble – Trio
The Mètier Ensemble is a flexible flute, cello and piano ensemble. They formed over five years ago after meeting at Oxford University and The Royal Academy of Music where individually they won various prizes and scholarships (including the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal Award, Helen Just and Susan Connell Prize, and the RAM Club Vivien Langrish Prize). In 2011, they were shortlisted for the Park Lane Group Award. A sell-out performance at Haddington Concert Society 2012 resulted in a return invitation in 2013/14, with successful tours to other Scottish music clubs (including Linlithgow, Dumfries, Irvine, Lockerbie, and Newton Stewart). Other recent projects have included a three-concert series at The Forge, Camden and performances at Fairfield Halls and St Martin in the Fields. They enjoy busy independent careers alongside the trio, performing at venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and the Royal Festival Hall, and with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Northern Sinfonia. They have recorded at Abbey Road, for BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 3, and Novello publications.
Through the Mètier’s experience, they have developed an ethos that prioritises audience engagement – establishing rapport not only through their performances but also through spoken introductions and personal interaction. They are passionate about programming – sourcing compelling repertoire, and combining solo, duo and trio formats to provide variety and interest to their concerts. Audiences always remark on the refreshing mix of instruments and repertoire and the ensemble actively seek their feedback about any new repertoire they perform. They enjoy combining concert tours with community residencies, coaching and playing with local musicians of all ages. In addition, they are experienced in education work, having led workshops for Aurora Orchestra, English National Ballet, and the Two Moors Festival.