On Sunday 23 January 2011, Nina del Ser, Tabea Haas-Heger and Marcus Mok traveled to London’s hottest new music venue, King’s Place, to take part in the ChamberStudio masterclass series. ChamberStudio offers coaching and support to aspiring up-and-coming chamber groups, and hosts some of the finest chamber musicians in the world.
The Sevenoaks trio received coaching from Richard Ireland, former member of the Chilingirian Quartet, professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, tutor at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music, and director of ChamberStudio. In a fascinating workshop, they played two movements of Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat major, working particularly on the internal balance of the trio, exploring the most effective ways to phrase each section and considering the expressive potential and role of each part. The three students performed superbly, adapting with flexibility to the new suggestions, several of which provoked lively debate over coffee afterwards!
Following the session, we were fortunate to be invited to watch a masterclass led by Peter Cropper, one of the world’s foremost chamber musicians. The masterclass began with an elegant performance of a Mozart quartet by the Solstice Quartet, described as one of the finest young quartets in the UK. Peter Cropper then led the quartet through a detailed journey of discovery, experimenting with a transformation of the quartet’s tone and balance, using a more goal-directed sense of phrasing to turn the movement from a ‘spritely frippery’ into something altogether more meaningful. The amount of attention paid just to the first two notes of the piece was staggering!
Tabea, Nina and Marcus will perform movements from the Schubert Trio in the Pamoja Hall at the Chamber Music Concert (Monday 7 February, 7:30pm). They will also perform at the Royal Overseas League on Saturday 12 March, presenting the trio alongside solos as part of the Young Virtuosi concert series.