The Angell Trio has established an international reputation as a leading chamber ensemble and has received much critical acclaim for its "brilliant ensemble playing and wonderfully shared vision and understanding." (Munchner Merkur review of Bavarian Radio concert)
The Trio has performed at many major festivals in the UK, broadcast on Radio 3 and made many appearances in London's concert halls including Kings Place, the South Bank Centre and the Wigmore Hall. They have toured extensively in Europe, with performances in leading series in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and many live broadcasts for major radio stations in Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, as well as for Swiss Radio in Basel and Bern, and for NHK-TV in Japan.
The Trio is associated with the works of celebrated living composers such as James MacMillan and Wolfgang Rihm as well as Peter Fribbins, whose trio they have recorded for the Guild label, and Jorg Widmann, who wrote his "Passacaglia" for them. The Trio gave the German premiere of James MacMillan's trio "Fourteen Little Pictures" in a radio broadcast in Frankfurt as well as the US premiere for its debut concert at Carnegie Hall. Very well received, the New York Times wrote "It would be difficult to imagine a more powerful performance".
The Trio's extensive repertoire has seen them collaborate with notable colleagues such as the celebrated German soprano Simone Kermes, in Shostakovich's Blok Romances, and Jorg Widmann, in Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Their programming also champions lesser-known masterpieces such as the complete Martinu Trios, which it has recorded to
wide critical acclaim and championed extensively in its European tours. "The Angell Trio deliver a totally compelling and physically exhilarating performance, with highly eloquent and expressive playing in the slow movements." (Classic CD magazine)
Based in London, the Angell Trio was formed at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies and has returned on many occasions to Aldeburgh, performing several times in the Snape Maltings. It was the first piano trio to take part in the coveted winter Residency series for young ensembles. Studies in the past with Andras Schiff, Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio and Siegmund Nissel of the Amadeus String Quartet have contributed greatly to the emergence of the Angell Trio. In 2010 Sally Pendlebury replaced Richard May as the cellist of the Trio.
Very committed to engaging with younger musicians, the Trio has worked with many performers and composers in its residencies at Radley College and the University of Essex. Following recent chamber music masterclasses, students from the Royal Academy of Music have performed with members of the Trio in Side-by-Side concerts at Kings Place, alongside students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire. The Trio is a visiting ensemble at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
The Trio looks forward to shared music-making with friends and colleagues in its own annual Festival which takes place at Loddon Mill, Norfolk. Future London concerts include return visits to Kings Place and Conway Hall, as well as Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Orchestra of St John's.