Trio Sõra
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Concert
Date: Friday 21 June 2019
Start Time: 7.30pm
End Time: Approximately 9.30pm
Box Office Contact: Malcolm Watson
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2019 Programme includes:
HAYDN Piano Trio No.39 in G Major 'Gypsy', Hob.XV:25
RAVEL Piano Trio in A Minor
BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No.7 in B-flat Major, Op.97, 'Archduke'


For the second concert of the 2019 season, we welcomed the outstanding Trio Sõra. The trio derives its name from the native American word Sõra, a bird singing while spreading its wings. A most appropriate name, it must be said, for whilst singing and spreading its wings, a bird must fly and soar to the greatest heights, and that is exactly what we were treated to on Friday. Freshly arrived from Aix-en-Provence, they began with Haydn’s Gypsy trio. In the first movement of this, Clémence de Forceville’s fabulous violin playing enchanted us in the fourth variation. The finale of this piece calls for much spirited playing from all and we were not disappointed, the whole movement being played very briskly and airily.

Ravel’s trio is in a completely contrasting genre, requiring very different techniques. It is a masterful work and Trio Sõra did it every justice. Here we must commend the pianistic virtuosity of Pauline Chenais in this hugely difficult piano part, which she carried off flawlessly and with great gusto. The piece ends in a brilliant coda, taxing the virtuosic skills of the players to the utmost and, once again, we were left breathless at the end.

Beethoven’s Archduke trio is a classic of the repertoire and Trio Sõra showed us that they had the measure of this masterpiece. Of particular note was the introduction to the scherzo second movement, on Angèle Legasa’s cello, the waltz-like theme being combined with the fugal structure, requiring great coordination between the players, something at which they are particularly adept: the occasional glance towards the others, the slight inclination of the head, the almost instinctive, and exactly appropriate, changes in tempo.

This is a highly accomplished, gifted ensemble and it is no surprise that they have received so many accolades, in particular, the Parkhouse Award (2017) and the Special Prize of the Verbier Festival Academy (2018). These players really give a fantastic performance and we are sure that they have a terrific future ahead of them.

Our justifiably enthusiastic applause at the end was rewarded with an encore: Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly by the contemporary Canadian composer, Kelly-Marie Murphy. This demanding, angular composition was given first-class treatment by the trio. The whole evening was a truly special occasion, a performance in every sense of the word.


Trio Sõra is now considered an ensemble with one of the rarest artistic identities of its generation. Through performances as subtle as inventive, nourished by the cultural heritage diversity of every member, these three passionate musicians give strength and sensitivity to unique interpretations of chamber music.

Already performing on some of the greatest international stages, (Philharmonie de Paris, the Auditorium du Louvre, London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Center), or else as part of distinguished festivals (La Folle Journée de Nantes, the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix en Provence,and the Verbier Festival)Trio Sõra distinguishes itself with its curiosity and high artistic aims.

Violinist: Clémence de Forceville
was born in Paris in 1991, and started violin lessons at the age of 4 with Radu Blidar. At the age of only 9, she was winning prizes in national competitions (Canet en Roussillon, Leopold-Bellan) and had her debut with orchestra. After obtaining her Master's degree from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in Oliver Charlier's class with unanimous top marks, she pursued her studies with Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, where she also studied trio repertoire with Eberhard Feltz.
She also studied with Boris Kushnir as an Erasmus exchange student. Prize-winner at the Toru? International Competition 2010 in Poland and finalist of the Vibrarte competition in Paris, Clémence can be heard as a soloist or chamber musician throughout Europe's prestigious halls, such as the Viktoria Hall in Geneva, Salle Gaveau, la Cité de la Musique and l'Unesco in Paris, Ludwig Maximilian Saal in Munich, Palacio de Festivales in Santander. With the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Orchestre de chambre Nouvelle Europe and the Orchestre des Universités de Paris, she has performed works by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Vivaldi and Karol Beffa. As a guest in prestigious festivals such as the Folle Journée au Japon, Festival d'Enghien in Belgium, La Roque d'Anthéon, Festival Consonnances and the Festival des Nuits Romantiques in France, Clémence has played with Philippe Graffin, David Grimal, Gary Hoffman, Gérard Caussé, François Guy, Alena Baeva, Rainer Moog and Eldar Nebolsin.
Clémence plays an italian violin attributed to Amati (1652).
Clémence de Forceville replaces Magdalèna Geka.

Pianist: Pauline Chenais
was passionate about music, ever since starting to play the piano at the age of 3. After studying in her native city of Tours and becoming a prize winner in international competitions Lagny-sur-Marne, Flame and Brest. In 2011 she joined the Paris Conservatory where she studied with Denis Pascal, and obtained her Master’s degree in June 2016. In 2014/2015 she had the chance to study with Jacques Rouvier at Mozarteum in Salzburg as an “Erasmus” exchange student. Pauline has performed in young talent festivals in Saint-Germain en Laye, Paris, Chartres as well as in abbeys of Clarté Dieu and Seuilly. She also performed in the Arts Center of Orford in Canada, Salzburg Chamber Music Festival and at the prestigious City of London Festival. In 2014 she performed Schumann piano concerto with the ensemble Cartésixte under the direction of Simon Proust. She has been privileged to take masterclasses with such as Clemens Hagen, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Zlata Chochieva and Romano Pallottini.

Cellist: Angèle Legasa
is a prizewinner of competitions FLAME and Vatelot/Rampal as well as a semi-finalist in Lutoslawski and Brahms competitions. An eclectic musician, she is active paralelly as a soloist performing in festivals in Beauvais, Paris and Normandie, as a chamber musician (La Roque d’Anthéron, Les vacances de Monsieur Haydn and the festival of Voûtes Célestes) as well as an orchestra musician (Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre Sostenuto, Orchestre de Chambre de la Nouvelle Europe, Orchestre Pau Pays de Bearn…). She obtained her Master’s degree at the Paris Conservatory in the class of Jérôme Pernoo in May 2016. She also spent a year in Leipzig as an Erasmus exchange student studying with Peter Bruns. She has had the possibility to work with the greatest cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Philippe Muller, Roland Pidoux, Xavier Philips…

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Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.