The Rossetti Ensemble

4th May 2019


Mozart: Piano Quartet in E flat, 25 mins

August Klughardt:  Schilflieder Five Fantasy Pieces for Piano, Oboe and Viola Op.28 (1873)   22mins


Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet in F sharp minor (1932) 14 mins

Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin (1917) arr: Rachel Sanders-Hewett 25 mins

The Rossetti Ensemble was created in 2018 from longstanding collaborations between pianist John Lenehan, violinist Sara Trickey and cellist Tim Lowe. Named after Dante Gabriel, the eminent British poet and Pre-Raphaelite artist, we are passionate about the repertoire of the era and composers who derived inspiration from his work during the late romantic period and early 20th Century. In addition to piano quartets the group is flexible, working with other high profile instrumentalists to produce imaginative and varied programmes.

As “sound collective”, previous concerts have included London King’s Place, and the Lichfield and Ripon International Festivals as well as a CD “Concertato” of chamber works by Lydia Kakabadse which was released on the Divine Art label in February 2017 to favourable reviews. The new group’s forthcoming concerts include concerts throughout the UK, The Little Missenden and William Alwyn Festivals and Kendal Midday series.

Sarah Trickey

photograph John Batten

Sara Trickey brings her “beautifully refined tone” (Musical Opinion) and her “fiery and passionate” style (The Strad) to both her solo and chamber career. Formerly a founder member of the prize-winning Brontë Quartet, she is currently a member of the Odysseus Piano Trio and the Joachim String Trio as well as duos with pianist Daniel Tong and violinist Andrew Watkinson. Sara has been involved in many chamber music recordings and has received critical acclaim for her duo recordings of works by Mathias and Schubert. Sara also has a keen interest in contemporary music.

Sarah-Jane Bradley

photograph Claire Huish

Sarah-Jane Bradley,“ardent and affecting soloist” (The Daily Telegraph), is well-known for her championing of new works for the viola. She has worked as soloist with the Philharmonia, Hallé, and BBC Symphony Orchestra amongst others, and her acclaimed recordings include CDs for Hyperion, Chandos, Naxos and Dutton Epoch. A founder member of the Leopold String Trio, and subsequently Sorrel Quartet, Fidelio Piano Quartet and London Soloists Ensemble, she is a sought-after chamber musician.

Tim Lowe

photograph George Garnier

Tim Lowe is firmly established as one of the new generation of outstanding British cellists. He has played as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the UK. His most recent recital at the Wigmore with pianist Andrew Brownell was described as “compelling in every respect, probing, virtuosic and yielding by turns – a true example of outstanding musicianship.” (Musical Opinion). Tim is Co-Principal cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra and regularly plays as Guest Principal with the BBC Scottish and Royal Northern Sinfonia amongst others. He is a Professor of Cello at the Guildhall, and is the Artistic Director of York Chamber Music Festival.

John Lenehan

photograph Kaupo Kikkas

John Lenehan is described as “One of our most celebrated musicians” (Classic FM Magazine) and “Simply one of the best chamber pianists going”. (The Scotsman). He has recorded over 70 CDs, and is renowned internationally both as a soloist and chamber musician. He regularly partners artists such as Tasmin Little and Emma Johnson, and is also acclaimed for his work as a composer and arranger.

Malcolm Messiter

Malcolm Messiter”plays the oboe like a wizard” (Montreal Gazette) and can best be described as “the Heifetz of the oboe” according to “Records and Recording”. He has performed all over the world as soloist and was a frequent collaborator with the Amadeus Quartet. More recent performances have included many recitals with pianist John Lenehan and concerts with the London Soloists Ensemble.


“We were delighted to welcome sound collective to the Chaplin Theatre, Vinehall as part of our International Concerts Season. The event was sold out and the audience really enjoyed both the quality and variety of the performances. The brief introductions to each piece were also well-received. I have no hesitation in recommending sound collective to other music clubs and societies.” Geoffrey Whitehead, Deputy Headmaster, Vinehall School, February 2017

“The ensemble sound collective prove committed and high-class performers. The instrumentalists who have joined together as sound collective bring this music to the ear of the listener with passion, refinement and love. In short, the presentation is a pleasure overall.” (Concertato) Pizzicato, Remy Franck’s Journal, Classics in Luzembourg, April 2017


“Superb is magnificent..immense musical beauty..outstanding performance by sound exceptional album of heavenly music. I highly recommend it as one of the best CD’s of the decade” (Concertato) Thomas Tamvakos (June 2017) Music critic- Emeritus member of ‘Greek Composers Union’

This charming album is already one of our favourites. The music comes from sound collective, a group of musicians that works with composers, writers and educators to build new ways of appreciating and promoting chamber music. They’ve certainly succeeded with this” (Concertato) The Chronicle, Congleton, March 2017