About Halcyon Trio
The Halcyon Trio is an all-female mixed ensemble from the UK and the Philippines formed at the Royal College of Music in 2013. Together they enjoy performing a range of works from Hungarian folk music by Bartok to light French music by Milhaud. They look forward to recitals in the RCM's recital hall and other venues later this month. Sarah Daramy-Williams - Violin Sarah Daramy-Williams started having private lessons on the violin at the age of 10, successfully achieving her Grade 8 with distinction a few years later. During her early years of study, she has taken part in music festivals, the Harry Gooch Trophy (2012) from the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts being one to date. She achieved the Awards for Young Musicians Edith Hemingway Memorial Award for the best young musician living in the North West of England. Her love and enthusiasm for music led her to Chetham’s School of Music (Manchester), where she studied there for her A levels. Sarah learnt with Kristoffer Dolatko and Yumi Sasaki, who helped her to secure a place at the Royal College of Music. Sarah (19) is currently in her second year of her undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, studying with her professor Gabrielle Lester. Her time at the College has been very active; she is part of termly orchestral projects such as the RCM Philharmonic (mainly conducted by Peter Stark) and RCM Opera orchestra (Michael Rosewell conducting the Magic Flute), where she has been exposed to advanced musical perspectives, helping her to constantly improve her. Furthermore, she is part of three chamber ensembles, regularly plays with amateur orchestras across London, teaches weekly, and has experienced playing to several audiences. Regina Montesclaros - Piano Ma. Regina (Inna) P. Montesclaros, 21 years old, is one of the Philippines’ promising young pianists. She is a consistent winner in both national and international piano competitions. In July 2009, she was awarded Gold Prize at the 2009 Asia International Piano Academy Festival and Competition in Cheonan, South Korea (July 2009), the Silver Prize at the 1st International Piano Competition in Hanoi, Vietnam – (September 2010), and the Bronze Prize & Sole Winner, Concerto B Category, at the 4th International Chopin Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (November, 2010). She has performed with the major Philippine Orchestras, including the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) with conductor Eugene Castillo, the Manila Symphony Orchestra II (MSO II) with Prof. Arturo Molina, the Metro Manila Community Orchestra (MMCO) with Prof. Chino Toledo, and the UST Symphony Orchestra with Prof. Herminigildo Ranera. Regina studied for two years in the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, taking up B.M Piano where she enjoyed the Sto. Domingo Scholarship, under the tutelage of Dr. Raul Sunico. She began piano studies at age 5 under Prof. Cecile Basilio Roxas at the Sta. Isabel College. Currently, Regina is studying at the Royal College of Music in London where she is an RCM Scholar supported by a Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship. She is in her third year, under the tutelage of Professor Ian Jones. Lucinda Dunne - Clarinet Lucinda Dunne is a third year undergraduate student from the Royal College of Music, studying both saxophone and clarinet under professors Kyle Horch and Janet Hilton. She previously studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Andrew Wilson. In 2012, Lucinda reached the woodwind category final of BBC Young Musician of the Year and also attained her DipABRSM in piano performance. She has gained orchestral experience playing with groups such as the National Youth Orchestra and Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, performing at notable venues including The Sage Gateshead and Royal Festival Hall. Recently, Lucinda has been a part of RCM Chamber orchestra and RCM Big Band and looks forward to future concerts with the big band later this year. She enjoys performing as a member of Hestia Saxophone Quartet who will be performing a range of concerts in the upcoming weeks, including a chamber concert in RCM's Paris: City of Light series on February 3rd. Lucinda has also taken part in masterclasses with saxophonists Frank Timpe, Lars Mlekusch, Kenneth Tse, Gerard McChrystal and Arno Bornkamp and enjoys performing regularly as a member of the Halcyon Trio.