Debut Release by Trio Anima: Between Earth and Sea

Between Earth and Sea is the debut release by Trio Anima: flautist Matthew Featherstone, violist Rosalind Ventris (Director of Musical Performance and Performance Studies) and harpist Anneke Hodnett. 

The Trio formed in 2006 while the artists were students at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. They have each since become leading solo, chamber and orchestral performers, in demand on concert platforms across the UK and Europe – alongside which the Trio itself has flourished, delighting audiences, winning awards and commissioning new work.

This album encapsulates Trio Anima’s musical personality, celebrating the new, alongside enduring repertoire. Through the process two themes have emerged – lament and nature – and these run through the programme. The Trio commissioned new pieces by Welsh artists Ashley John Long and Eloise Gynn, and these sit alongside existing pieces by fellow Welsh composer Hilary Tann and Scotland’s Sally Beamish.

The album opens with Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio – one of the first pieces composed for this instrumental combination, back in 1916. And the programme is interwoven with the Trio’s own re-imaginings of traditional folk songs and of John Dowland’s ‘Flow, my tears’.

The Trio said: “We are thrilled to share our musical relationship with a wider public on our debut album. This feels like the perfect representation of us as a Trio: working with living composers, interpreting music of the past in our own way, and performing celebrated works of the trio repertoire that continue to inspire us. We can’t wait for people to hear it!”

For more information about Trio Anima's debut release, please visit the Tŷ Cerdd Records website. For more information about our Director of Performance, please see Rosalind's profile.