Philippa Harrison, piano: Press reviews

Willshire Piano Duo

"Philippa and James give masterclasses in schools and this came across when they talked to the children about the music they were about to play. My daughter listened as Philippa explained how the music told a story, and that you could hear the difference in notes between the low tones for the Beast and the higher notes for Belle.

Having watched another little girl have a go at doing a ‘glissando’ on the piano she was quite keen to take a turn at the end too! Jodie Humphries, July 2016 www.maidenheadmum.co.uk
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"Brilliant musicianship, strong rapport and obvious joy at playing music together. Saint Saens' Carnival for 4 hands delighted the Festival audience with its enthusiasm and unbridled sense of fun." John Savage, Musical Director, Ludham Festival, 2015

"What a superb evening - we were blown away by the energy and dexterous performance of the Willshire Piano Duo." Nicky Hutchinson, TVAP Fundraising Concert, July 2015

"Sympathetic and simply pristine playing by Philippa Harrison" www.theaudiostandard.net 2014 

Willshire Piano Duo

The Albany Piano Trio

"The Albany Piano Trio treated us to a delightfully varied and well chosen menu last night. They opened with Haydn - always good for reassuring an audience that it is in safe hands - and then brought on the surprise dish of the evening, Rebecca Clarke's Piano Trio of 1922. The Albanys are persuasive advocates for this seldom heard piece, which became the talk of the interval, the beautiful central movement having made a particular impression.

Bloch's atmospheric Three Nocturnes refreshed palates before Smetana's grand and volatile Piano Trio Op. 15, which deserves to find its way onto a few wish-lists. The evening ended with a lively encore described as a 'combination of cakewalk and klezmer madness' arranged by Rachel Stott.

The Albany Trio performed with maturity, skill and infectious enthusiasm."
Richmonshire Concert Review: March 5th, 2016 http://www.rsconcerts.org/news/category/reviews

"The Albany Trio found suitably whimsical elegance in That Crazed Smile with its inspiration in A Midsummer Night’s Dream..." Richard Whitehouse, August 2016
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"The accomplished Albany Trio took on two challenging scores by Helen Grime. The first, Three Whistler Miniatures, inspired by a group of chalk and pastel pictures in Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, creates musical canvases of comparable ingenuity. The players negotiated the subtle differentiations of tonal colour skilfully but sounded even more confident in The Brook Sings Loud, with its demonstrative gestures." Barry Millington, April 2016 Evening Standard

"It was a great pleasure to hear such fastidious musicianship placed entirely at the service of carefully chosen scores. The players displayed a close affinity with each other, resulting in a genuine sense of dialogue. Also in evidence was an invaluable ability to capture the individual personality of each of the composers (several of whom were present in the audience), realising their intentions with fidelity to the score and interpretative flair. 

The Albany Trio are an ensemble of the first order. The fact that these performers have such a fresh and exploratory attitude to building their repertoire is a substantial bonus." Musical Opinion Quarterly, Paul Conway, 2015 

"The Albany Trio's sense of balance and phrasing together with their technical artistry thrilled the audience." Midweek Herald, 2015

"If you get a chance to hear the Albany Trio, I urge you to do so."  www.theaudiostandard.net 2014

Albany Piano Trio