Concert 7

16 April 2023

Clyde Duo

Formed in 2010, the Clyde Duo originally with flautist Yvonne Robertson and harpist Sharron Griffiths, in 2019 the line-up changed and Sharron is now joined by the renowned flautist Aisling Agnew. Aisling and Sharron share a compelling interest in the flute and harp repertoire and have performed together across the UK and internationally.

Aisling Agnew is a flautist from Belfast. She performs internationally and has toured across many continents, performing at prominent festivals such as the National Flute Association’s 40th Convention at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Jeonju International Sori Festival in Korea, Sarajevo Winter Festival and also closer to home at New Music Dublin, the British Flute Convention in Manchester, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, and the Belfast International Festival as both a soloist and chamber musician. Aisling is host of the successful podcast The Flute NI and has interviewed many performers, teachers and makers about their experiences. Aisling has made many successful recordings featuring CDs, radio broadcasts and live performances online. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is the recipient of many awards including the Countess of Munster, Arts Council of NI, Creative Scotland and Belfast Classical Music Bursaries. Aisling is flautist with Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble in Belfast, specialising in contemporary music and she also performs with the Irish Memory Orchestra, collaborating with Irish traditional musicians. Aisling regularly freelances with various orchestras and performs in a number of specialist chamber groups such as the Clyde Duo with Welsh harpist Sharron Griffiths and the Agnew McAllister Duo with Scottish guitarist Matthew McAllister. Aisling is involved with a variety of music education projects such as the Ulster Orchestra's Crescendo Project, and has given many masterclasses and workshops including for BBC Ten Pieces NI and Classic Children’s Concerts in Scotland. Aisling has worked with Drake Music, collaborating with musicians with additional needs and she conducts various ensembles including Flute Phonics and St Andrews Flute Ensemble. Aisling also teaches flute at several institutions such as the University of St Andrews.

Sharron Griffiths started playing the harp at the age of ten in her native Wales, she has pursued a diverse and varied career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in recitals both on the concert platform, recording and radio broadcast. Sharron works regularly with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Sharron is a keen soloist and chamber musician, having recently appeared as concerto soloist with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, she is a member of the Clyde Duo with Flautist Aisling Agnew, Flute, Viola, Harp Trio with flautist Ruth Morley and Violist Scott Dickinson and the innovative Bardic Trio with Tenor with Jamie MacDougall and Guitarist, Matthew McAllister in performances across the U.K including at the St Magnus Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Lammermuir Festival, Sound festival and Celtic Connections. Sharron is a Lecturer of Pedal Harp at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland senior and junior departments, harp teacher at St Andrews University, Douglas Academy and a regular harp tutor for the National Youth Orchestra’s of Scotland.

Tonight's programme

Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Sonata for flute and harp in Eb Major
Jacques Ibert: Entr’acte
Lili Boulanger: Nocturne
Helen Grimes: Fantasie for flute and harp
Nino Rota: Sonata for flute and harp
Princess Anna Amalia of Prussia : Sonate F-Dur fur Flute
Ravi Shankar : L’aube enchantee sur le Raga Todi
Joseph Jongen : Danse Lente
Gamal Abdel-Rahim : ​Dance of Isis
Hamilton Harty : In Ireland

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This concert is promoted by Dunfermline Arts Guild with financial assistance from Creative Scotland provided through Chamber Music Scotland