At a glance
London Bridge Trio
The poetry, flexibility and ardour displayed by these gifted players held me captive from first note to lastGramophone
The London Bridge Trio is one of Britain’s most exciting and brilliant chamber groups, whose primary focus is driven by the piano trio repertoire.
David Adams, violin
Kate Gould, cello
Daniel Tong, piano
The London Bridge Trio is one of Britain’s leading chamber ensembles, known for their deeply nuanced and searching interpretations. The trio originally formed in 2002 as the London Bridge Ensemble and they continue to prioritise strong, composer-led programmes and collaborate with regular guest artists. Their name reflects an admiration for English music of the early twentieth century, which forms part of the group’s varied repertoire and is represented by their hugely successful Frank Bridge recordings.
Over recent years the trio has appeared frequently in London with Wigmore Hall and Kings Place concerts as well as a residency at St John’s Smith Square, entitled ‘Brahms and his World’, which represented four aspects of his composing life with mixed combinations and song. Their concert of Czech music at Champs Hill in Sussex was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3, and their concerts at St George’s Bristol were broadcast as a series of BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts. Thought-provoking pre-concert talks and lecture-recitals are something the trio is increasingly known for, and their collaboration with Richard Wigmore continues, exploring together the influences, connections and history of works by Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms. The group has also appeared at venues including Queen’s Hall, St George’s and the Ponte de Lima Festival (Portugal).
In 2008 the ensemble founded its own festival, the Winchester Chamber Music Festival, in the hometown of their cellist Kate Gould. They now welcome capacity audiences each year in late April/early May and have secured their reputation for stylish programmes involving exceptional international artists. In 2018 they were joined by the Heath Quartet and baritone Ivan Ludlow for a series of sold-out concerts. Guest artists have included the Gould trio and the Navarra quartet as well as members of the Elias Quartet and Kungsbacka Trio.
In Autumn 2015 the London Bridge Trio released a disc of Dvorak Piano Quartets on the Champs Hill label, with guest violist Gary Pomeroy of the Heath Quartet. The album received rave reviews in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine (double five stars) and the Observer. The trio has a long association with baritone Ivan Ludlow, enabling the inclusion of Lieder alongside connected chamber works. Together they have recorded the Three Songs with Viola by Frank Bridge and La Bonne Chanson by Fauré, as well as various songs with piano.
The ensemble’s recordings of works by Frank Bridge were released by Dutton and met with plaudits from the critics, including unreserved commendations from Gramophone Magazine, International Record Review, American Record Guide and BBC Radio 3 (CD Review). Their second Bridge disc was shortlisted for the Gramophone Chamber Music Award 2011. Their Schumann recording for Sonimage Classics drew observations such as “rendered with a bubbling brilliance”, and “heart-touchingly eloquent” from the Sunday Times. A collection of works by Fauré followed on Sonimage Classics, and received excellent reviews from both The Strad and Gramophone magazines.
2018 plans include the completion and world premiere of a new work for piano trio, ‘Hidden Agenda’, written for the trio by Colin Matthews, and visits to the Sacconi Festival in Folkstone, the Penarth Chamber Music Festival and the Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival, as well as performances across the UK. Their first recording with new violinist David Adams is planned with SOMM Records: works by Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn.
The trio's performances of Fanny Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann at St George's Bristol will be broadcast this week. Read more
A former member of the Raphael Ensemble and Ovid Ensemble, David is now delighted to be exploring the extraordinary piano trio repertoire with Dan and Kate. Read more
We are delighted to be celebrating our 10th anniversary this week, as we herald the successes of our long-time artists, festivals and concert series. Read more
The Festival returns for another jam-packed weekend of concerts, masterclasses and open rehearsals, led by Artistic Directors Kate Gould and Daniel Tong Read more
The disc received 5 stars from BBC Music Magazine as well as praise from The Guardian and Gramophone Read more
Their performance shone from beginning to end, producing endlessly beautiful sounds that defied the acoustics by ringing on in the air beyond the end of the pieces.Music and Vision
...the effectiveness of the divertimento-like sequences of short, intensely characterised movements, free from the encumbrances of sonata form, was borne in on me anew.The Sunday Times
Melody shot forth with magical poignancy, particularly from the cello of Kate GouldThe Sunday Times
These stylish newcomers deserve a place at the top table next to such exalted predecessors as Benjamin Britten with members of the Amadeus QuartetGramophone
...the rapture caused the heart to race while the intensity of expression set the lip a-quiverThe Strad
rendered with a bubbling brilliance... heart-touchingly eloquentThe Sunday Times
If you're after an all Bridge disc [list of pieces]... all in excellent performances, then look no further..."BBC Radio 3 CD Review
Their performance of the Bridge Trio was one of the great chamber music experiences of my life.David Matthews, composer
The London Bridge Ensemble aren't afraid to tell it like it is... playing that is as compelling as it is rapt.Gramophone
In the hands of these virtuosi, this simple music could not help but dance, fly and rejoice.Music and Vision
Selected Discography —
Dvorák Piano Quartets (with Gary Pomeroy)
BBC Music Magazine
The London Bridge Trio bring this unfamiliar work to life as if it were an old friend... The players succeed unerringly... This is a first-rate reflective chamber music recording. 5*
Faure Piano Quintet no 2, La Bonne Chanson etc.
The London Bridge Ensemble aren't afraid to tell it like it is... playing that is as compelling as it is rapt
Frank Bridge Piano Quintet, etc
American Record Guide
These are lovely performances of music... filled with succulent harmony, transparency, lyricism, light and shadow
Schumann Live Recording of Chamber Music and Song
The young ensemble, whose name alludes not only to their base, but to their desire to bridge the gap between chamber music and song, and to their admired composer Frank Bridge, perform superbly
Frank Bridge - Songs and Chamber Music
The playing is replete with a passion that yields rich rewards