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The Bolling Trio named winners of The Carne Chamber Music Competition 2024

Thu 11 July 2024

Congratulations to The Bolling Trio, who won the third Carne Chamber Music Competition on Monday 1 July with their magnificent performance in the final at Conway Hall. This high-profile chamber music prize is delivered by Trinity Laban with generous support from Philip Carne MBE.

The competition final was adjudicated by violinist and broadcaster Tasmin Little CBE; Meurig Bowen, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Britten Sinfonia; and Dr Aleksander Szram, Trinity Laban’s Director of Music, in front of a live audience.

Following the preliminary rounds in March, the final saw four exceptional ensembles – The Bolling Trio, The New Eden Consort, The Mozaika Trio, and Amphion Brass – compete for a share of the £4000 prize fund.

The Bolling Trio was named as the winner, and Amphion Brass as runners-up.

The Bolling Trio are current Trinity Laban students Ethan Windle (fourth year, BMus), Raymond Yiu (Artist Diploma), and Catriona Bourne (postgraduate flute performance). They first formed to compete in the 2022 Carne Chamber Music Competition, where they performed Bolling’s Suite No. 1 for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio at St John’s Smith Square. They have since continued to perform together in numerous concerts both in and out of London, from St. James’ Piccadilly to Famington Farm in South Warwickshire. They have commissioned and premiered new works by composers such as Asha Parkinson and Trinity Laban alumni Nathen Durasamy. They are grateful to be supported in their activities by the Colin Blythe Award.

Amphion Brass, winners of the 2024 Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Competition, is a brass quintet based in Greenwich. Comprising five dedicated young musicians studying at Trinity Laban, the quintet was established in September 2021 and has since delved into the repertoire of brass chamber music, embracing works from Bach and Ewald to Arnold and Bourgeois. They have performed at various venues including St John’s Smith Square, Southwark Cathedral and St Alfege’s Church as well as performing across Greenwich, Blackheath, and all the way down to Dover. Their notable engagements include performing at the processions and recessions of Trinity Laban’s 2023 graduation ceremony and representing the conservatoire at the Philip Jones Brass Spectacular in 2024.

Chamber music is a central focus of training at Trinity Laban. Music students receive frequent coaching led by the internationally acclaimed staff, many of whom perform in the country’s leading ensembles. Each term instrumentalists also have the chance to work with The Carne Ensembles in Residence: the Carducci Quartet and the Linos Piano Trio.

In addition to structured chamber music, students are also encouraged to create their own opportunities and can showcase their talents in venues such as St Martin-In-The-Fields, Wigmore Hall, St James’s Piccadilly and The Old Royal Naval College Chapel.