Cygnus Trio

Ensemble, 2017

The Cygnus Trio is an ensemble which aims to appeal to the emotions of each individual audience member in presenting an engaging, challenging, and interactive programming experience. The humble quest of bringing “classical” music into the everyday is central to their choices (both conventional and unconventional).

…. and so their tale is told in great tomes of the greatest, oldest and most secret libraries.

The fabled history of the Cygnus Trio, as written in the most ancient of tomes is as follows.

Three young lads, flautist Benjamin Stuchbery, guitarist Jonathan Stuchbery, and violinist Jasper Meiklejohn, co-conspired in the year 2013 to create a group that explored the myriad of musical styles in intimate settings. This group became known as the Cygnus Trio. In 2015, the threesome was reformed with Erica Jacobs-Perkins adopting the role of violinist. The inaugural recital of the newly formed trio took place at Resonance Café in Montreal in February 2015, which was followed shortly by a performance for revelers during the Nuit Blanche festivities at Christ Church Cathedral Montreal. Cygnus is dedicated to breathing new life into classical music through a diversity of musical choices, and venues. Selections include everything from German baroque, to folk songs and dances, to new commissions, which can be heard in churches, cafes, metro stations, private homes, and women’s shelters. Another of their quests is to collaborate in the creation of new music. During their 2016 season, Cygnus gave the world premiere of Charles Zoll’s AMALGAM and in 2017 the trio participated in the Fresh Inc. Festival and premiered works by participating composers Patrick Walker and Karalyn Schubring. Other composer collaborations include Arie Van de Ven’s ‘Algoma Miniatures’, which will be premiered in the trio’s 2017/18 season, and Anita Perry’s ‘Okanagan Vignettes’.

For more information about the Cygnus Trio, check out their website.

Patrick Walker – Trio for Four Instruments
for flute, violin, and guitar

Karalyn Schubring – Music for a Particularly Sparkly Afternoon
for flute, oboe, violin, cello, and guitar