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Trio Apaches, comprising three of the UK's most respected soloists, was officially formed in 2012 as the consequence of a shared desire to focus on innovative projects and challenging cross-genre collaborations, as well as to present masterworks of the trio repertoire in unfamiliar contexts.

Trio Apaches have recently recorded their first album, to be released on Orchid Classics in Autumn 2014. Representative of the group's intention to create projects outside the traditional realm of the piano trio, the disc features a newly commissioned transcription of Debussy's La Mer by Sally Beamish alongside one of Beamish's original works; her powerful setting of the Anglo Saxon poem The Seafarer, in which the Trio are joined by Sir Willard White in the role of narrator.

Built on a foundation of great friendship between three colleagues who have collaborated in various forms over many years, Trio Apaches have quickly been embraced on the international concert scene and are unanimously praised for the infectious joy and virtuosity of their performances and the innovative nature of their programmes. They have made numerous appearances on BBC Radio 3, most recently in a live concert from the RCS in a recital juxtaposing Copland with Tchaikovsky.

O Duo

Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘brimming with style and panache’, in recent years O Duo have won a Special Commissioning Award from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and been appointed Artistic Directors of the Children’s Classic Concerts series in Scotland revealing their artistic quality, passion for commissioning new repertoire and dedication to education work.

Renowned for their ‘phenomenal artistry’ (The Daily Telegraph), O Duo have performed across the world. Highlights include appearing twice at the BBC Proms, at the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park and most recently to give the premiere of Wilful Chants by Stephen Montague with the BBC Symphony Chorus, recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham and City of London Festivals. O Duo gave the premiere of Stephen McNeff’s Concert O-Duo at the Barbican as part of BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 80th birthday concert, and have performed an eclectic repertoire including Bartók’s Sonata with Artur Pizzarro and Vita Panomariovaite, and music by Moondog (the iconic American composer) at the Barbican.

Trio Apaches, comprising three of the UK's most respected soloists, was officially formed in 2012 as the consequence of a shared desire to focus on innovative projects and challenging cross-genre collaborations.

The Trio Apaches with O Duo

Friday 28 July, 2017St Mary's Church Petworth GU28 0AD

Rossini arr. Trio Apaches - Overture - William Tell Wagner/Pringsheim - Liebesnacht - Tristan and Isolde Glinka - Trio Pathetique in D Minor
Shostakovich arr. Derevianko - Symphony No. 15

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Concert appearances further afield include performances at the Al Bustan, Harare and Mexico City Festivals and in Paris, Madrid, Lucerne, Zug, and Seinajoki, as well as tours to Germany and Bulgaria. Orchestral performances include concerto appearances with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras. In 2013 O Duo gave the world premiere of Fraser Trainer’s new percussion concerto firstly with Sinfonia ViVA and then with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Their successful appearance in Melbourne included curating and performing in a whole week of concerts and innovative interactive workshops for children and families.

 Oliver and Owen were both scholars at the Royal College of Music and they formed O Duo in 2000. After graduating with First Class Honours in 2003, they immediately took up the first Junior Fellowship to be given to a percussion duo at the RCM. Twice winning Best Music Act of the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival, O Duo joined the Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2005-2007.

O Duo released their first CD on the Sony BMG label in 2007 to critical acclaim, including being featured as CD of the week in The Daily Telegraph. Making a great impact on the UK music scene, the duo have broadcast with BBC Radio 2 and 3, Classic FM, and recorded with the BBC Symphony Chorus. Furthermore, as outstanding communicators, O Duo have worked at Abbey Road and Sony studios on television and film scores and broadcast on Channel 4 and BBC Television.

Oliver and Owen take a keen interest in education work. They have given workshops and concerts in schools and special needs centres throughout the UK, and led creative education projects involving composition and performance with the London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra and Sinfonia ViVA. O Duo have given children’s concerts throughout Scotland including at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow and the Usher Hall, Edinburgh with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera and special guests including Nicola Benedetti.

O Duo’s repertoire spans more than 300 years and is an invigorating mix of popular classics and accessible contemporary music played on two marimbas, vibraphone and a huge array of percussion. They continue to be passionate about commissioning new work and expanding the percussion duo repertoire. 
Highlights of the 2014/15 season include performances with the BBC Singers; family events for both the Luxembourg Philharmonie and Childrens Classic Concerts, as well as many other performances around the UK and Europe.