The Austen Trio are all professional musicians who are very much in demand in their chosen fields. Between them they have many years of experience performing as soloists and in ensembles both in the UK and around the world. They have appeared in some of this country’s top classical concert venues and with highly acclaimed groups such as the BBS Symphony Orchestra, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, I Fagiolini and the BBC Singers.
The recital that they present is a selection of music loved and played by Jane Austen and her family, delivering a fascinating insight into her musical world which has come from a detailed exploration of the Austen Family Music Books. The research was undertaken by Samantha Carrasco as part of her PhD The Austen Family Music Books and Hampshire Music Culture 1770-1820.
The programme includes works by Haydn, Handel, Dussek, Cramer alongside lesser-known popular English composers of the time including Dibdin and Kelly. All the music is directly sourced from the Austen Family music books which is a fascinating collection of printed and manuscript music dating across the 18th- and 19th-Century. 6 of these books belonged to Jane Austen including manuscript music which she copied by hand, occasionally adding her own charming amendments.