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Emma McGovern - clarinet
Chris Goodman - bass clarinet
Lois Au - bassoon
Gelachter Wind Trio Founded at the Royal College of Music, the Gelachter Trio is establishing itself as a dynamic London ensemble. In 2010, they reached the semi-finals of the Royal Overseas League Competition and were awarded the June Emerson Launchpad Prize resulting in arrangements published for them. They were finalists in the 2011 Tunnell Trust Award Scheme and the 2012 Tillet Trust Young Artists' Platform. They have a busy performing schedule with music societies in the UK and also frequently provide entertainment for establishments such as the Hilton Hotel and Getty Images. In 2014 the trio made their debut at St-Martin-in-the-Fields.
Passionate about education work the Gelachter Trio has given workshops at Roedean School in Brighton and will return next year to give wind masterclasses. The trio also works for London based 'Classical Babies' providing interactive mini recitals for mums and tots.
In 2015 Gelachter will release their debut album featuring British composers, including a world premiere by Timothy Salter, having been awarded grants from the Britten-Pears Foundation and the RVW Trust to whom they are extremely grateful.
Chris Goodman is a graduate of Royal College of Music where he studied as a foundation scholar on the BMus course with Timothy Lines, Barnaby Robson and Bass Clarinet with Paul Richards and Michael Harris, graduating in 2010. He won the Steven Trier Prize for Bass Clarinet and in 2009 was awarded a place on the English National Opera Emerge Scheme. He was selected as an RCM 'Rising Star' for the Cadogan Hall series and upon graduation he was selected to attend the Castleton Festival where he performed in the Festival & Opera Orchestras as Principal Clarinet and on Eb and Bass Clt under the baton of Lorin Maazel.
As part of the BBC Proms 'Composer Portraits' Series he performed live on BBC Radio 3 in the European Premiere of Chamber music by award winning composer Augusta Read Thomas. He has performed Mozart Clarinet Concerto and Sinfonia Concertante with Orchestra of Situation Opera and Clarinet Concerto No 2 by Louis Spohr with London Chamber Academy Orchestra. He has performed the Mozart, Weber and Brahms Clarinet Quintets with the Velotti Quartet under the banner of the Earlsfield Ensemble concert series, a series he directed between 2011-2013.
He has performed with Orchestras and ensembles such as English Touring Opera, Aldeburgh World Orchestra, Brighton Philharmonic, National Concert Orchestra, Orion Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia, Sinfonia Cymru, Ensemble Cymru, Brillig Ensemble, Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, and Tete a Tete Opera festival.
Emma McGovern oboist Emma is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and the Tchaikovksy Conservatoire in Moscow. As an orchestral musician Emma has worked with a variety of orchestras including French-based Opera Company Opera de Bauge, Kostroma Symphonic Orchestra of Russia, and Orpheus Sinfonia and was also selected to be English National Opera's Young Apprentice for their 2009/2010 season. Emma is an extra player for Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist Emma has performed concertos with Trinity College of Music Sinfonietta, Imaistri Orchestra and Situation Opera Orchestra and in 2010 Emma gave a recital in the Small Hall of Tchaikovsky in Moscow. She has also been a prizewinner in international competitions such as the Upolova Svirel International Competition for Soloists in Slovenia 2010 where she was awarded the silver prize, finalist in the 2010 RCM Concerto Competition and in 2009 was a semi-finalist in the Chieri International Soloists competition in Italy.
Lois Au graduated from The Royal College of Music in 2012, where she received a first class honours degree. She studied with Martin Gatt, Julie Price and Andrea di Flammineis as well as Frantisek Hermann and Jiri Seidl at the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague (2010). During her time at the RCM, Lois performed Elgar's Romance with the RCM Symphony orchestra and is the youngest winner to date of The Howarth of London bassoon prize.
Currently she is on trial for principal bassoon with English National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and assistant principal bassoon with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Lois held the bassoon chair for The Royal National Theatre's The Light Princess and since then has been continuing freelance work with the finest ensembles in the country, including: World Orchestra for Peace, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Isobel Griffiths sessions, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Contemporary Orchestra and Mozart Festival Orchestra.