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Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts series: Kassia Trio

Tue 25 Jan 2022 1:10pm

Chichester Cathedral

Booking Details: Admission is free with a retiring collection. Please book your place in advance through Ticketsource.

For further details see the Chichester Cathedral music events website.

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Trio Pathétique* in D minor, for clarinet, bassoon and piano (trans. for soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone & piano) by Mikhail Glinka (1804 – 1857)

i. Allegro moderato
ii. Scherzo & Trio
iii. Largo
iv. Allegro con spirito

Vultures by Carter Pann (b.1972)

Trio for flute*, cello and piano, Op. 45 (trans. for soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone & piano) by Louise Farrenc (1804 – 1875)

ii. Andante
iii. Scherzo

The Other Dust – Lucy Armstrong (b. 1991)

Pequeña Czardas* by Pedro Iturralde (1929 – 2020)

*All works starred are transcriptions/arrangements produced by the Kassia Trio

The Kassia Trio is a modern re-invention of the piano trio made up of two saxophones (Chloe Percy-Smith and Emma Jones) and piano (Amy Bladon). Performing new music and arrangements of repertoire from the past, this versatile ensemble combines graduates of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.

Through exploring a range of repertoire, the trio’s aim is to keep classical music accessible, as well as helping to promote the saxophone as a classical instrument. Their repertoire ranges from modern pieces written for their specific instrumentation, to classical transcriptions, as well as lighter well-known musical works. Their saxophone line-up is interchangeable, covering soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. Recent performances have included recitals in Cheltenham, Bristol, Birmingham and London. The trio also enjoys being part of various outreach and community projects and regularly perform school and family-based concerts. 

“Kassia” – where the name comes from: Kassia was an Eastern Roman abbess, poet and composer. She is one of the first medieval composers whose music is still in existence and able to be interpreted by modern scholars and musicians. She is also notable for being one of the first women to have written in her own name, rather than using an alias.

Chichester Cathedral’s popular lunchtime concerts take place on Tuesdays at 1.10pm during term time, in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave. They are free and last approximately 50 minutes. You are welcome to come and go as you please. Coffee is available at no extra charge, and some visitors event bring a sandwich! There is a retiring collection.

Please book your place in advance through Ticketsource – see link above.

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