The Gwaun Piano Trio are Nia Harries (Cello), Lorna Osborn (violin), Matthew Bale (piano). They performed this piece on Beethoven’s birthday 250 years ago (16th December) in Neuaddydderwen. They have generously donated this link to their performance for free.h


The Gwaun Piano Trio perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio at Neuaddydderwen.

2020 is the anniversary Beethoven’s 250th birthday and his trio opus 1 no.1 was chosen as an ideal work for our inaugural performance. The piece is full of colour, character and a mischievous sense of spirit and humour; all blended together in this remarkably mature early work. It is, and remains one of our favourite pieces of chamber music.

Matthew has performed as harpsichordist, piano soloist and conductor with many orchestras, including BBC Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia and the Chamber Orchestra of Greece. His first job was resident cocktail pianist at The Hyde Park Hotel and this ignited his interest in Jazz and light music. A recent CD recording of Matthew conducting Marsh’s ‘Quantock Suite’ was broadcast on Radio 3 last month. He has been an examiner for ABRSM for nearly a decade, which has involved working in UK and across the globe. Teaching is fundamental to his work and he has inspired numerous students to follow careers in music.

Lorna has worked with numerous orchestras and music ensembles including The London Philharmonic, Music Projects London and the famous Bath Pump Room Trio. She has been instrumental in some world premieres including works by Arvo Pärt. Lorna has performed in many prestigious venues, including Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), Royal Festival Hall and as solo violinist to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her Diamond Jubilee year. Lorna also values her teaching, and has coached youth orchestras and ensembles throughout the UK.

Nia has recently been freelancing with various orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, as well as principal and sub principal cello with Welsh National Opera. She has played in many solo and chamber music recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and at prestigious festivals including the City of London Festival. As well as having an interest in period instrument playing, she has had many pieces written for her including from Alun Hoddinott and Andrew Powell. She loves teaching, and taught at the Guildhall School of Music for seven years as well as at Wycombe Abbey School. She currently works for the Pembrokeshire Music Service.