The Ryebank Trio (piano, violin , cello) will be playing on Tuesday 9th October at St John’s Rastrick on our newly donated festival concert grand piano.
Originally formed in 2003 by ex-RNCM postgraduates, and winners of the “Best Small Ensemble” award at the Buxton Festival Fringe in 2011, the Ryebank Trio has relaunched in 2017 after a hiatus of a few years and a change in membership. It is named, rather prosaically, for the street address of their rehearsal venue.
Jonathan Ellis (piano) is a graduate, postgraduate and multiple prize winner from the RNCM and Manchester University, who currently works around the NW as soloist, accompanist, repetiteur and chamber musician. Three times the “Best Solo Instrumentalist” at the Buxton Fringe, he also performs with the Ryebank Trio (as its founding pianist) and City of Manchester Opera. He is additionally known for his work with Heritage Opera, Opera Seria, Bury Choral Society, Manchester Gospel Choir and the charities Music In Hospitals and Live Music Now.
Duncan Reid (violin) is also a graduate of the RNCM and Manchester University, where he and Jonathan met in 1996. In addition to being the Ryebank Trio’s violinist since its inception, and a regular performer in duo concerts with Jonathan, he works professionally with orchestras and touring companies, string quartets (including his own group, the “Goldstring Ensemble”), film backing groups and even pop tribute bands, and teaches music in schools.
Isabel Williamson (cello) graduated from the RNCM’s postgraduate course in 2016, having previously studied at Manchester University. In addition to freelance orchestral work, she performs regular cello recitals with Jonathan, and also specialises in Baroque historically informed performance, and has played continuo in several Baroque operas. She too works outside the classical sphere, with a folk-rock band “The Wishing Well” and several Manchester and Liverpool-based songs and bands, and has composed some of her own music for cello and loops pedal. She joined the Ryebank Trio in 2017.