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1.) ruffian or hooligan

2.) the name adopted by a group of 'artistic outcasts', including Ravel and Stravinsky, in the early 1900s

French   A-pash   [noun]

Trio Apaches, comprising three of the UK's most respected soloists, was officially formed in the glorious Olympic summer of 2012.  Built on a foundation of great friendship, the trio are regularly praised for the infectious joy and virtuosity of their performances, their uniquely engaging chemistry, and their relaxed and informal stage manner.


Known for the innovative nature of their programmes, Trio Apaches has thus far worked with a diverse range of collaborators, including children’s television presenters, mime artists and comedians, renowned film composers and stars of the operatic world.  They’ve commissioned two new trios from Sally Beamish (including her transcription of Debussy’s La mer, which has quickly established itself as a key work in the piano trio repertoire) and were chosen by Carl Davis to premiere and tour his new soundtrack to the 1925 silent film, Lady Windermere’s Fan.


The group’s first recording, released in 2014, was very much representative of their intention to create projects outside the traditional realm of the piano trio.  Alongside Sally Beamish’s transcription of La mer, the disc featured one of Beamish’s original works - a powerful setting of the Anglo Saxon poem The Seafarer, in which the Trio were joined by Sir Willard White in the role of narrator.  Hailed by the press as “triumphant” and “virtuosic”, the CD featured for several weeks near the top of the classical charts.


Emboldened by the success of La mer, Trio Apaches has continued to expand the trio repertoire with their own dazzling arrangements of popular works such as Rossini’s William Tell, Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture.  Their recital programmes regularly feature little-known gems alongside established masterpieces, all of which are accompanied by spoken introductions that mix insight with a dash of light-hearted humour.  Their innovative programming has featured numerous times on BBC Radio 3, including recitals combining trios by Babajanian and Shostakovich, Copland and Tchaikovsky, and Boulanger and Ravel.  They have also directed a series of concerts and mini-festivals at the Royal College of Music, where they spent four years as Trio in Association, and were Trio in Residence at the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival from 2012-18.


Away from the platform the trio enjoy big meals, fast cars and penalty shoot-outs.  They take great pride in the knowledge that few people pronounce Apaches correctly at the first attempt, and hope fervently that they’ll be able to live up to the word’s French meaning - hooligans - as they approach middle age.

TCW Trio standing Trio at Bristol

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