The Amabile Trio

The Amabile Trio is made up of Violinist Anna Downes, Cellist Joanne Jefferis and Pianist Duncan Honeybourne.


The Trio gives regular recitals around the UK and recenlty gave the premiere of Andrew Downes' Sonata for Violin, Cello and Piano


In 2014, the Amabile Trio performed in recital series at St Martin's in the Bullring, Birmingham Wednesbury Art Gallery, The Lumby Room at the Elgar School of Music in Worcester, Peterborough Cathedral, the Bay Theatre in Weymouth and Harvington Hall in Worcestershire








Click on the play button to hear The Amabile Trio

performing the 2nd movement of Mendelssohn's Trio in D minor



Joanne Jefferis. – ‘Cello


Joanne Jefferis studied musical performance at Birmingham Conservatoire under the tuition of John Todd. During her time at the Conservatoire Joanne participated in master classes with Colin Carr, Raphael Wallfisch and Moray Welsh and also took part in orchestral workshops with Sir Simon Rattle, Mark Elder and Pinchas Zukermann. Joanne left the Conservatoire after gaining a BMus Hons and a MA in musical performance and has since enjoyed a varied freelance career. Joanne is the founder member of the VLO string Quartet whose work includes performing for ITV’s Krypton Factor. Joanne plays regularly with professional ensembles including the English Symphony Orchestra and the Croome Ensemble; recent performances include concerts as part of the Elgar festival. As well as ensemble playing Joanne plays regularly as a soloist and was featured on the CD ‘Hodie’ by Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir. 2013 engagements include playing as a Soloist with the Elgar Chorale in Worcester Cathedral and Malvern Priory as well as taking part in a recital at Witley Court.


Joanne teaches Cello and directs ensembles at The Elgar School of Music as well as a successful private practice. She currently plays an English Cello made in London c.1790. Joanne lives in Bewdley with her husband and two daughters.



Duncan Honeybourne - Piano


Born in Dorset in 1977, Duncan Honeybourne won prizes at the Royal Academy of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with First Class Honours and completing his studies on a Goldenweiser Scholarship in London with the Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich. Since his debut as soloist at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in 1998, he has established a distinguished and varied career as recitalist, concerto soloist, lecture recitalist, chamber music player and teacher. In 2007 he received the honorary award of HonBC from the Birmingham Conservatoire for professional distinction.


He has played concertos and given recitals at many major British and Irish venues and at leading festivals. Frequent broadcasts have included solo recital and concerto performances on BBC Radio 3, RTE Lyric FM in Ireland and Radio New Zealand Concert, and appearances on BBC and RTE Television. Duncan has given many first performances of new works dedicated to him by celebrated composers, including Andrew Downes’ Piano Sonata no.2 at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery in 2003, John Joubert’s Piano Sonata no.3, Sadie Harrison’s Four Nocturnes and the Andrew Downes Piano Concerto at Birmingham Town Hall in 2009. He has undertaken extensive solo recital tours to music societies, universities and arts centres throughout England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, and has partnered many renowned artists in chamber music. Duncan is best known as a leading interpreter of 20th century English piano music, and his double CD for EM Records of the complete solo piano music of E.J. Moeran was released in February 2013. A recital disc of music by Schubert and Schumann is due for issue this summer and a further disc, of piano music by William Baines and Sadie Harrison, is projected for release by Divine Art later in 2013.


Duncan Honeybourne is an inspiring communicator in his work as piano teacher, masterclass tutor, lecturer, adjudicator and occasional writer. He has devised and written several words and music programmes, including a portrait of the pianist Harriet Cohen, which he performed with actresses Louisa Clein and Joanna David, and a lecture recital telling the story of the composer John Ireland. He has taught at Bryanston School, the Dorset Rural Music School, Southampton University, Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department and the University of Chichester. He is Founder/Artistic Director of the Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts and directs his own recital series, Piano Plus, in Leominster, Herefordshire and Ashburton, Devon.


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