Paul Barritt is well known in the region as the former leader of Northern Sinfonia.  He returns playing both violin and viola with the Zimro Trio - a rare combination with clarinet and piano, performing a widely varied repertoire.  The ensemble is named after a sextet of itinerant Russian Jewish musicians for whom Prokofiev wrote his unusually-scored 'Overture on Hebrew Themes'.  Mozart's mellifluous trio featuring two contralto instruments is well-known by name (Kegelstatt means 'skittle alley' - one of Mozart's passtimes along with billiards), but rarely heard live.  Gershwin's three preludes, originally for piano alone, suit the clarinet perfectly, while Stravinsky's popular dramatic tale for a septet of instrumentalists with actors and a dancer is here arranged as a suite for concert performance.

Zimro Trio