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Flute/oboe/piano trio intriplicate was formed in 2001, performing across the country alongside their own concert series at Flixton House, Manchester. In 2004 the trio recorded their debut CD, 'intriplicate':

"Three young Manchester-based musicians announce themselves with a lively and accomplished debut CD..."
Manchester Evening News

In 2005 Claire, Sally and Claire were invited by the Tunnell Trust to attend the Strathgarry Showcase in Scotland. Whilst there they gave the first complete European performance of Sir Malcolm Arnold's Suite Bourgeoise since it was lost just after it was written in 1940. Their recording of the Suite was aired on BBC Radio 3 in October 2006 and appears on a double CD of previously unrecorded Arnold music.

In 2007 the trio recorded a second CD - intriplicate too, which received a five-star review in the Manchester Evening News:

'There are few CDs out of those I hear in a year that I'd gladly hear again, for the sheer pleasure of doing so. This is one. The quality of musicianship they offer is remarkable.'

Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News - 16/11/07

intriplicate has commissioned a number of pieces and has had various pieces arranged especially for them - Cheshire Phantasies by composer David Lloyd-Mostyn, Lara's Lullaby by Lenny Sayers and The Maiden and the Nightingale which was arranged from Granados' original piano solo by Gareth Curtis, to name but a few.

The trio are still busy performing after 15 years together, from BBC Radio 3 recitals at St George's Hall in Liverpool via Preston, Norfolk, Cornwall and Newport to St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. They regularly collaborate with the vocal duo Voci Dolci (sopranos Jill Taylor and Julia Morley also work with Claire) on exciting new programmes.

'...beautifully characterised performance… infectious skill and enthusiasm…'
Neil Black OBE


Other reviews of intriplicate:

'When I heard intriplicate's superb performance of Arnold's Suite Bourgeoise I realised that we had a really important new piece to add to the flute, oboe and piano repertoire. We wind players particularly owe them a great debt of gratitude for their seeking out of this music and for their beautifully characterised performance. I might add that at the performance I attended, their CDs went like hot cakes till none remained. This is a tribute both to the charm and infinite variety of Malcolm Arnold's music, and also to the infectious enthusiasm and skill of intriplicate's performance.'
Neil Black OBE
'It was a great pleasure to hear the first complete European performance of Sir Malcolm Arnold's Suite Bourgeoise this year. In May at the Strathgarry Course for Young Musicians, the three talented artists, Claire Dunham (piano), Claire Fillhart (flute) and Sally Richardson (oboe) joined forces under their collective name of intriplicate. A highlight of their concert programmes there, the Arnold was given a much needed airing.

Written in 1940, the piece has been unjustly neglected and forgotten. What emerged in the hands of these young players was a performance that brought out all the freshness and vitality so typical of Sir Malcolm Arnold's music - it seemed he had only written it yesterday. Whether in the telling lyricism of the haunting themes or the vigorous jazz inspired rhythms and harmonies, they were equal to the demands. Their obvious love for the work was immediately infectious to the audience and their communication of both the humorous and more serious aspects gave a very rounded interpretation.

intriplicate are quite right to champion this much needed addition to their repertoire. Skilfully written as one would expect, the composition features all three instruments to good effect and combines them in a most delightful way. Thanks to these enterprising young artists, the Suite Bourgeoise has finally seen the light of day and will undoubtedly continue to capture the hearts of future audiences.'

Clifford Benson
'Audiences will not only relish the effortless and polished performances of this superb trio, but await their return with eager anticipation.'
Peter Noke, Pianist-in-residence - St Martin's College,
Lancaster University
'….Intriplicate impressed with a faultless ensemble which was maintained throughout, however technically demanding the music.'
'The trio's obvious enjoyment added to the audience's pleasure. If Intriplicate can maintain their freshness and enthusiasm, we shall hear much more of them.'
Prestwich and Whitefield Guide
'….the lyrical qualities never lacked subtlety and the interplay of musical ideas bounced effortlessly between these musicians.'
'It was evident from the outset that these performers take great delight in the music they play and are each, in their own right, musicians of considerable integrity.'

Peter Noke, Pianist-in-residence - St Martin's College, Lancaster University

`Last Friday was yet another triumph for intriplicate... [they conveyed] a feeling of intense pleasure in performing and so made their audience very relaxed and able to wallow in the joy of the music.'

Audience member at Flixton House

The music was simply wonderful and we were totally absorbed by it all.
Audience member at Flixton House
The afternoon at the Thornton Little Theatre was splendid; I could have listened to your programme all over again.
A member of the audience at Little Thornton Theatre recital

Everything comes to him who waits. Thus the saying goes, and this time it was proved right. Since reading Piers Burton-Page's review in a past newsletter (Spring 1997), I have been looking forward to hearing a performance of Suite Bourgeoise. So, having waited 7 ½ years and discovering that the splendid trio intriplicate were including it in their recital for 9th July in Manchester, Margaret and I made our way to the St James and Emmanuel Church in Didsbury, where Bryan Fox had set up a series of successful morning coffee concerts.

It was a packed house of very appreciative concert-goers. At 11 o'clock intriplicate took the stage and we were treated to a concert of enjoyable musical treats, including the first complete performance in England since 1940 of the Suite Bourgeoise, which I was allowed to introduce to the audience. This is a piece from Sir Malcolm when he was 19 years old, written with a maturity which belied his age. I had been told that the Suite was a wasted flibbertigibbet, but I I knew otherwise. It includes many of the Arnold tricks that we now know and love - for instance the surprise discord shocking us from our reverie into which we have been lulled at the beginning of the first movement, and a typically delightful waltz theme that ends the Suite and sticks like glue in the mind hours after the hearing.

All this and a charming trio of young ladies playing with enthusiasm and the understanding and humour needed to perform this Arnold gem. Thanks to intriplicate, Suite Bourgeoise is destined to become standard repertoire for all trios with this instrumentation, especially if intriplicate decides to include it on a future CD. Sir Malcolm says '…chamber music is a very personal statement. Chamber music is something special.' This trio's performance emphasized the truth of the statement.

Beckus, the Quarterly Journal of the Malcolm Arnold Society
The third concert featured a delightful and unusual ensemble with an equally unusual name-intriplicate (no space, no initial capital). Claire Dunham (piano), Sally Richardson (oboe) and Claire Fillhart (flute) so obviously enjoyed every minute of their music-making and gave us an astonishing programme featuring no fewer than 10 composers ranging from the 17th century (Johann Christian Pepusch) to the 20th (Malcolm Arnold). The audience's enjoyment was also enhanced by the spoken introductions to each item.
Burnley and Pendle Music Society www.boulsworth.co.uk/musicsoc
They began with a three movement trio sonata by Pepusch. This was an indicator of things to come. The piano was played with the utmost restraint, allowing the flute and oboe to exchange counterpoint in a gentle lyrical manner.

'Each person played for the other two, all to a high standard of musicianship. Old and new attenders will have gone home well pleased.

David Kilpatrick, Burnley Express

Since its formation in 2001 this talented young trio has been widely acclaimed. At last Friday's recital their huge talent and enthusiasm, together with their lovely personalities, endeared them to the appreciative audience.

intriplicate found just the right balance between a smoothly blended sound and pungent individual characterisation.

The trio is keen to champion little-known repertoire and their recital included an esoteric range of music beginning with a set of miniatures by William Grant Still. These diverting compositions received an insightful interpretation, certain pieces as Yaravi handled with delicate solemnity while the children's song reflected youthful high spirits.

Then followed Geoffrey Robbins's Pastorale, a charming evocation of the countryside in which the trio conjured up atmosphere and texture with lyrical grace.

The Trio Sonata in B flat by the baroque composer Gottfried Keller was extremely attractive with its many lovely melodies. Flautist Claire Fillhart may be thought to have excelled in this composition, as also in the following item, Honegger's Petite Suite, which is in three movements, namely a flute solo, a flute and oboe duet and then the ensemble.

A highlight of the evening may be thought to have been the work by Madeleine Dring which received a mesmerising performance, beginning with a crackling allegro with lots of idiosyncratic counterpoint, in contrast to the exquisite slow movement following, in which the flute and oboe harmonised to perfection, the work culminating in a clever finale.

After the interval the Barber of Seville Overture afforded a relaxation of tension. A work by Eugene Goossens was also greatly appreciated. This splendid evening culminated in the late Sir Malcolm Arnold's Suite Bourgeoise, a part of his wonderful musical legacy, the performance being dedicated to his memory.

Caroline Buddery
Great Yarmouth Mercury