News and Events


Welcome to our updated website!  We hope to keep you up to date with our activities and those of our members here, as well as welcoming new members and informing you of new works by our composer members and others, so please remember to let us have details to include.

Annual General Meeting. This willl be held via Zoom on Friday 25 February 2022 at 11am.  Further details will be emailed to members shortly but if you would like to be involved then please contact the Administrator at [email protected]

Piano Trio Competitions. We will again be holding two Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competitions  which will cater for the Junior Departments as well as the Senior Colleges. These will take place at the Henry Wood Room at the Royal Academy of Music and details of set works etc have already been supplied.  For further details and application forms please contact the Administrator. 
The Junior Competition will be held on Sunday 20 March 2022 and entries for this are due by Monday 24 January,
The Senior Competition takes place on Sunday 24 April 2022 and entries are due by Monday 28 February. 

Piano Trio Day 7 November, Clarendon Muse, Watford from 10.00am. Our latest event was our popular Piano Trio Day which took place on Sunday 7 November with a full day of coaching offered to the trios taking part.  The event was held at Clarendon Muse, Watford School for Boys starting at 10.00am with distinguished tutors  Susie Mészáros, Julian Jacobson and Richard Lester. Trios taking part included the Cobalt Trio from the Royal Academy of Music, Paddington Trio from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, New Elements Piano Trio from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Shelbow Trio from the Royal College of Music.  Beethoven Piano Trio Op 70 no 1 proved a popular choice and Schubert Sonatensatz D28, Brahms Piano Trio Op 87 no 2 and Shostkovich Piano Trio no 2 also were included in the coaching programme. 

Our Annual General Meeting took place via Zoom on Monday 15 February at 3.00pm. The following Trustees were confirmed: Chairman - Jane Faulkner, Vice Chair - Melvyn Cooper, Administrator/Treasurer - Christine Talbot-Cooper, remaining Trustees - Christopher Brammeld, Bobby Chen, Dr Mary Dullea and Dr James Obelkevich.

We would like to remind members that subscriptions were due on 1st January and we encourage our members to set up a standing order so that subscriptions are not overlooked at this busy time of year!  Further details may be found here. At the AGM approval was given to a further category of Life Membership for £250 and this is now available.

New dates for our Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competitions! We have been fortunate to be offered two dates at a London venue for the competitions and these have now been pencilled in as follows.  Junior Competition - Sunday 20 March 2022.  Senior Competition - Sunday 24 April 2022. Entry is by invitation only and these have been made to the various musical establishments. Further details will follow.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the following Vice Presidents:  Michael Bochmann MBE, David Owen Norris and Robert Max who join Howard Blake OBE and Christine Talbot-Cooper.  The President of the Society is Peter Frankl.

We welcome new member radiologist Professor Dr Eamann Breatnach from Dublin who is also an amateur pianist and plays piano trios with two retired professional musicians.  We are always pleased to hear from keen amateurs taking part in playing piano trios!

We were sorry that our Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competitions had to be cancelled and that other activities have not been able to take place due to the present Covid restrictions.  However we have continued to give our members much food for thought with our much extended Newsletters which may be accessed via our Newsletter page. We are grateful to all those who have contributed articles and welcome any further articles.

We planned to hold one of our popular Piano Trio Days on Sunday 7 March,  at Clarendon Muse, Watford for a day with tutors Susie Mészáros, Julian Jacobson and Tim Gill.  However sadly this has had to be postponed too and we hope it will take place in the autumn. Details will follow.

July 2020.  Congratulations go to the wonderful Mithras Trio, one of our student trio members. In addition to the many other awards the trio has received we are delighted to announce that Dominic, Ionel and  Leo  have been chosen by YCAT as one of the twelve finalists from a very competitive field of over 100 outstanding applicants.  They will receive a unique package of advice and career support over the upcoming year. 

We are also pleased to welcome new members pianist and composer Julian Jacobson and Gillian Perrin, the author of a soon to be launched book entitled Past Sounds which follows the development of the Sonata idea through the medium of the piano trio. Both have articles in our Summer Newsletter.

Senior Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition 2020 - It was with great regret that we had to cancel the competition.  New government guidlines plus the closure of so many musical establishments and trio members from abroad having to return home all conspired against us.  We were so sorry to do this as we know the trios had worked extremely hard and were very disappointed, but it is our responsibility to keep everyone safe!

Our Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 20 February 2020 at Steinway Hall, 44 Marylebone Lane, London at 2.00pm and the following Trustees were elected for the coming year: Chairman - Jane Faulkner, Vice Chair - Melvyn Cooper, Administrator/Treasurer - Christine Talbot-Cooper with additional Trustees - Christopher Brammeld, Bobby Chen, Dr Mary Dullea, Dr James Obelkevich.

New and returning members

We are pleased to welcome as a new member John Carmichael OAM. John has had a long and distinguished career as both pianist and composer and received the OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in the Queen's Birhtday Honours List in 2011.  He was also a pioneer in music therapy, including work at Stoke Manderville and Netherden Mental Hospitals.
We are also pleased to welcome back pianist Penelope Roskell whose new book entitled "The Complete Pianist: from healthy technique to natural artistry" was published by Edition Peters on 20 February 2020. A vitally important book for all pianists!
Education plays a large part in our work so we are delighted that three of our renowned musical establishments are among our Corporate members.  These include Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. BAPAM - the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine - continues to be an important Corporate member and we also work closely with EPTA and the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. Please contact us if you would like further details of Corporate membership.

Some news and events during 2019

We were pleased to be involved once again in the Monday lunchtime concerts at St Peter's, Notting Hill and thank Dominic John for his help in arranging this. Details were as follows: 

Monday 16 September - Bartholdy Trio
Performers: Sophie-Louise Phillips - violin, Dayana Harizanova - cello, Cason Kang - piano
Programme: Haydn - Trio in C Hob XV:27 and Mendelssohn - Trio Op 49 in D minor

Monday 23 September - Conova Trio
Performers: Constantin Riccardi - violin, Nora Braun - cello, Vasilis Alevizos - piano
Programme: Rachmaniov - Trio Elegiaque no 1 in G minor, Dvorak - "Dumky" Trio no 4 in E minor

Monday 30 September - Icknield Piano Trio
Performers: Arwen Newband - violin, Sarah Boxall - cello, Anna Le Hair, piano
Programme: Schubert - Trio in E flat, D929

Congratulations to Aleksandra Myslek on her new role as Junior Fellow of Piano Accompaniment at Trinity Laban. Aleksandra comments: "I already see how energised and creative the place is and I’m sure I will learn a lot myself as well as entertain my projects and ideas and help the students on their way to the professional life."

Annual General Meeting 2019, Tuesday 22 January, 2.00pm, Steinway Hall
This meeting saw the election of the following Trustees: Chairman - Jane Faulkner, Vice Chair - Melvyn Cooper, Administrator/Treasurer - Christine Talbot-Cooper, other Trustees were Christopher Brammeld, Bobby Chen, Dr Mary Dullea and Dr James Obelkevich.
Piano Trio Day - Sunday 17 March - Gloucestershire Academy of Music
This proved to be another successful day when five trios from the Royal College of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama received coaching from Professor Michael Bochmann MBE, Nicholas Roberts and Professor John Thwaites on trios by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Rebecca Clarke. The day ended with an enjoyable concert given by the participants. A report is included in our latest Newsletter.
Welcome to new Student Trio member - the Eumelia Piano Trio from the Royal College of Music. The trio took part in Piano Trio Day and were the featured trio in the Autumn Newsletter.