Tom Poster piano
Katharine Dain soprano
Savitri Grier violin
Laura van der Heijden cello

BEETHOVEN Folksong Arrangements
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No 2 in C minor Op 66
BRITTEN Folksong arrangements
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS How Cold the Wind Doth Blow
BEACH Two Songs for soprano and piano trio

Mendelssohn’s passionate second piano trio is one of the greatest masterpieces in the repertoire and its slow movement, a song without words, reflects this programme’s overarching vocal theme.

Contrasting folksong settings display Beethoven’s earthy wit, Britten’s unbounded invention and the pathos of Vaughan Williams, and set the scene for a selection of exquisite songs by Clara Schumann. This shape-shifting recital concludes with a sprinkling of American romanticism by Amy Beach which leads naturally to a set of evergreen songs by Cole Porter.

About the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective's primary aim is to bring wonderful musicians together to perform in new and varied combinations, but with a specific and ardent commitment to celebrating diversity of as many forms as possible - of nationality, skin colour, gender, orientation, age and social background. 


Like many musicians, I spend a lot of time worrying about the world - about inequality, prejudice, violence, bullying, divisive rhetoric. Chamber music has an extraordinary power to bring people together: it unites musicians as equals, allowing them to learn from and be inspired by each other, and draws listeners in to its intimate, transportive world.


Through creative and innovative programming, exploring great repertoire both familiar and unexpected, played with passionate commitment by a diverse and brilliant team, we hope also to be able to inspire and educate younger generations (and older ones too!) in the joys of chamber music, and ultimately to bring a bit of happiness and cohesion to our currently rather fractured-seeming world.

- Tom Poster, Founder and Artistic Director


Members of the rotating roster of musicians include:
Nicola Benedetti, Hélene Clément, Timothy Ridout, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Adam Walker, Alison Balsom, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Roderick Williams, Katharine Dain...

Hear Savitri Perform

Lili Boulanger Nocturne pour violon et piano (1911), Savitri Grier (violin), Richard Uttley (piano)

Listen to Laura Perform

Laura van der Heijden

The Halle - Tom Poster on Grieg Piano Concerto

Laura van der Heijden & Tom Poster - Graham Fitkin, "L"