Ahead of the Chamber Concert on Friday 15th March we spoke to Luba Tunnicliffe of Pelleas Ensemble about what to expect from the show, how they formed and what her favourite piece is to perform.
How did the Pelleas Ensemble form?
We formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011 when we were all studying. We came together to perform one particular piece, which is the trio for Flute, Viola & Harp, because we wanted to play it. We had so much fun playing together that we decided to look around for more repertoire, and the rest is history!
What attracted you to play the viola?
I play both the viola and violin, and will be playing both at the concert on Friday. I love the viola because I get to be in the middle of the texture and playing the harmonies, which is a really nice place to be. It’s also got a mellow sound.
The ensemble has also been successful with awards, recently winning the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award. What was it like to get that acknowledgement?
It was very exciting. We’d been working really hard so it was nice to have something like that to show for it. And with the prize we got to record our first CD, and we’ve just done that and are going through the editing process at the moment. Everything has worked out really nicely, and we’re very grateful for this happening.
How was the recording experience?
It was a really good experience. Recording can be quite stressful but it’s good to get the work we’ve done for many years down on the page as an example of what we can do!
What can we expect from the programme at Friday’s Chamber Concert?
We’ll be playing a real mixture of music. We’ll be doing the Ravel ‘Sonatine for Flute, Viola and Harp’, which we did before as a piano piece but here it’s arranged by a harpist of Ravel’s generation, so it feels very authentic. We’ll also be playing some very early music, such as some baroque. We’ll also be performing some Chopin and some Rachmaninov.
Is there a piece you most enjoy playing?
I think I’d have to go for the Ravel. It’s really colourful.
And finally you’ve recently completed a tour of Scotland; how did that go?
It was great, and we went to some really beautiful places to play to people.
You can buy tickets for Friday’s concert at https://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/pelleas-ensemble and find out more about the trio at www.pelleasensemble.co.uk