Lunchtime Concerts 14/10/2022

THE AIRE ENSEMBLE

Friday, 14th October 2022

1 pm

 

The Aire Ensemble was originally founded by Deborah Pennington and some students at Leeds College of Music (Leeds Conservatoire) in 2010. The concept was to have a flexible chamber ensemble and over the years there have been between three and six musicians performing at any one time. There have been trips to The Fringe, Edinburgh, various concerts throughout Yorkshire and performing at events such as Kirkstall Festival.

 

The latest line up consists of Delyth on piano and harp, Caroline on flute and piccolo and Deborah on clarinet and bass clarinet. Before the covid pandemic the Aire Ensemble was active playing in Leeds schools for Artforms “Live Music in Schools” programme.

 

Delyth was born in Wales and started music lessons at an early age. She studied piano and harp at the Royal Academy of Music, London, then worked  as a harpist playing with many of the major London orchestras, spending some years as Principal Harp of the BBC Radio Orchestra.

She now lives in Yorkshire, and has gone back to her first love, the piano. She accompanies concerts and exams and has a busy teaching practice in Leeds. She is accompanist for Village Voices in west Yorkshire and enjoys the opportunity of playing chamber music with the Aire Ensemble.

 

 

Caroline has been playing the flute since the age of 9 and loves sharing her enjoyment of music with audiences and students alike. She teaches privately on various woodwind instruments, preparing students for grade exams and auditions or just enthusiastic playing. She also plays flute, saxophone and piccolo with the Chris Irvin Concert Orchestra.

 

Born in Huddersfield, Deborah played principle clarinet with Kirklees Youth Orchestra and studied Music at Huddersfield Polytechnic. Recently she completed an MA Performance at Leeds Conservatoire, performed with various local orchestras including Sinfonia of Leeds and is now bass clarinettist in Phoenix Concert Band. Deborah has also taught for Leeds Artforms, Wakefield Music Services and Ilkley Grammar School. She now runs a business called Musical Moments, where, covid allowing, she goes into care settings using music as a therapeutic tool to help vulnerable people of all ages.