Aurora Trio (Flute, Viola & Harp)

Starts: Friday, February 4th 2022 at 7:30 pm
Ends: Friday, February 4th 2022 at 10:00 pm

Emma Halnan (flute) | Jordan Sian (viola) | Heather Wrighton (harp)

Their programme includes Bax, Patterson, Debussy, Knotts, Buckley and Piazolla.

The Aurora Trio is an exciting young chamber ensemble, which is quickly developing a reputation for pushing the boundaries of its unusual instrumentation. Their repertoire comprises many new pieces and original arrangements alongside core works for flute, viola and harp. Since its formation in 2012, the trio has performed widely across the UK; recent engagements include recitals at Deal Festival, Dean and Chadlington Summer Music Festival and Hampton Court Palace. From 2014-16, the trio held a prestigious chamber music fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music. The trio’s debut CD “Crepuscule” was released by EM Records in May 2021.

Emma Halnan first came to prominence as woodwind category winner of BBC Young Musician 2010. She has since appeared at major venues worldwide, and has performed concertos with orchestras such as the London Mozart Players and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Other competition successes include the Sussex Prize for Woodwind in the Royal Overseas League Competition 2019 and first prize in the Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Award 2016. Emma was selected as a “Making Music” Young Artist 2018-20, and is a City Music Foundation Artist.

Emma was principal flute of the European Union Youth Orchestra 2014-16. She has also freelanced with orchestras including the London Mozart Players, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Emma is a highly reputed and very dedicated teacher. She teaches privately, for the University of Cambridge, and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She has recently been invited to give a masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music, and also to teach at the international Oxford Flute Summer School.

Emma studied at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett and Kate Hill, and afterwards with Robert Winn. She previously studied at the Purcell School with Anna Pope.

As a chamber musician, Scottish-Indian violist Jordan Sian has performed in concert halls across Europe, including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Sage Gateshead, Cadogan Hall and Kammermusiksall of the Berlin Philharmonie.

Recent festival appearances have included both Illuminating Britten and Dialogue at the Barbican Centre, the Allegrovivo Kammermusikfestival in Austria and Gaestival in Switzerland. Jordan has been a prizewinner in international competitions, receiving awards from the Val Tidone Strings Competition, Worshipful Company of Musicians, BBC Performing Arts Fund and has performed as a soloist at King’s Place, London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

He has appeared on numerous chamber music broadcasts including live performances for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and BBC Radio 3. As an advocate for contemporary music, Jordan has worked with leading composers including George Benjamin, Julian Anderson and James McMillan.

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Jordan completed his studies in Switzerland with Ori Kam, Diemut Poppen and Tatjana Masurenko.

Heather Wrighton was inspired to play the harp at the age of six and as a junior student at Trinity College of Music, London she studied harp with Gabriella Dall’Olio and Frances Kelly and continued her studies at The Royal Academy of Music with Karen Vaughan (Head of Harp) graduating with an MA with Distinction, BMus (Hons) and an LRAM harp teaching qualification. From a young age Heather has been interested in different types of harps and in addition to the Classical Harp plays Celtic, Baroque triple and Paraguayan Harps.

Heather currently freelances as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician which has led her to perform at prestigious concert venues including The Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Opera House, Cadogan Hall, St John’s, Smith Square, Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, Glyndebourne Opera House, Cardiff Millennium Centre, Kensington Palace and St James’ Palace.