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Mercian Piano Trio

Beate Toyka,   piano

Clair Stanley,   violin

Peter Wilson,  cello

Saturday, 29th March 2014

7.45 pm

Cosy Hall




Trio C minor op.1 No.3

Frank Martin

Trio on Irish Folk Tunes (1925)


Trio No.1 D minor 

Astor Piazzolla

Tango No.3 from 'The Seasons' 

Adalgiso Ferraris

Black Eyes


Bess you is my woman now  


Pennies from Heaven


The Mercian Piano Trio is one of the Midlands’ most vibrant and energetic classical music groups to have emerged in the last years. It has a distinctive international flair:

The pianist is versatile Beate Toyka from Germany, known here and abroad amongst others for her Chopin Marathons in 2010 and complete performances of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. She was trained in Cologne Conservatoire as well as the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied with Hamish Milne.

Violinist is Clair Stanley, who studied in America with Emanuel Hurwitz. She has played with the Orchestra of the Swan, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the Halle and Northern Sinfonia. She has also performed alongside Gil Shaham and Itzak Perlman.

Cellist Peter Wilson studied at the Royal College of Music with Anna Shuttleworth where he won several awards.He plays Principal Cello with the Darwin Ensemble and most recently took part in a Classic FM full concert broadcast. As a solo cellist he was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded solo cello on feature films. His last film, called ‘F’, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and is on general release DVD.