The Lammas Trio can trace its origins to a musical friendship which began 25 years ago when cellist Richard Stott met pianist Christopher Gould as undergraduates at Clare College, Cambridge. Immediately a duo was formed as the two young musicians threw themselves into exploring the major works for cello and piano.
Over 20 years later when Chris met violinist Timothy Birchall, they realised that they shared a passion for chamber music, and quickly focussed on forming a new piano trio, naturally turning to Richard as their third member.
The Lammas Trio was born, taking its name from the first rehearsals at Lammas Green in London, and just around Lammas Day itself. This appropriate reference to the festival of harvest is a happy coincidence - a metaphor for the long germination of the trio, now bearing a rich musical harvest.
A member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tim studied the violin at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before accepting a scholarship to complete postgraduate studies at Nuremberg Musikhochschule in Germany. He has performed chamber music extensively in Germany and France with the award winning Ensemble Kontraste, worked as a guest leader in several German orchestras and is in demand as a teacher having held several teaching positions in Germany and the UK before joining the CBSO in 2019.
Christopher Gould is an acclaimed collaborative pianist, specialising in the song repertoire. At a young age he won all the major competitions for accompaniment including the Wigmore International Song Competition, the Gerald Moore Award, and an award from the Geoffrey Parsons Trust. Concert highlights have included recitals with Sarah Walker, Ann Murray, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Roderick Williams and Geraldine McGreevy at the Wigmore Hall, St Johns Smith Square, the Purcell Room and on BBC Radio 3.
Richard Stott combines a career as a professional psychologist with a life-long commitment to the cello and to chamber music in particular. Training from an early age at Pro Corda he then continued to develop his skills as an Instrumental Award Holder at Cambridge University with tutelage from members of the Endellion string quartet. He subsequently studied cello with the late Derek Simpson of the Royal Academy of Music, and has performed with a variety of chamber ensembles prior to joining the Lammas Trio.
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We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the Royal Academy of Music in London for use of the Angela Burgess Recital Hall in our photography.