Aurora Trio




Emma Halnan FLUTE

Joe Bronstein VIOLA

Heather Wrighton HARP


The Aurora Trio was established in 2012 by Emma Halnan (flute), Joe Bronstein (viola) and Heather Wrighton (harp) whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Emma and Heather had previously played as a flute and harp duo; in 2010 they performed Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, and have also recently performed it in June 2016 with the Cyprus Sinfonia at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden. On commencing his Masters degree at the Academy in 2012, Joe was invited by Emma and Heather to form the trio.


The Aurora Trio were awarded a prestigious chamber music fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music for consecutive academic years 2014-15 and 2015-16. During their time as fellows, they are worked closely with performers and composers from the student body as well as from the Junior Department and Open Academy (the learning and participation department). The trio have also been selected as artists for Live Music Now and Concordia Foundation.


Since its conception, the trio has performed at a number of important venues across the UK. Recent engagements include recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall Front Room, Royal Festival Hall Central Bar, University of Manchester, Cambridge University Library and Canterbury Christ Church University. The trio have been fortunate to receive coaching from flautists Kate Hill and William Bennett, violist Martin Outram and harpist Karen Vaughan.


Emma Halnan (flute) first came to prominence as the woodwind category winner of BBC Young Musician 2010. Since then, she has gone on to perform at many of the major UK venues, and has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, and the Welsh Sinfonia. She recently won the Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Classical Music Award 2016, in association with Classic FM. As a result, she will record and broadcast on Classic FM a piece specially composed for her by Sir Karl Jenkins. Emma plays principal flute in the European Union Youth Orchestra, and has appeared as guest principal flute in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Emma has been selected as a City Music Foundation Artist for 2015-17. Emma studied at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett and Kate Hill, and continues to study privately with Robert Winn.


Heather Wrighton (harp) studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Karen Vaughan, graduating with an MA (Distinction), BMus(Hons) and an LRAM. Heather currently freelances as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician which has led her to perform at prestigious concert venues including The Royal Festival Hall, Cardiff Millennium Centre, Royal Opera House, Cadogan Hall, St John’s, Smith Square, Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, Glyndebourne Opera House, Kensington and St James’ Palaces. In addition to the Classical Harp, Heather plays Celtic, Baroque triple and Paraguayan Harps.


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