Animare Ensemble


Animare Ensemble was formed by the members of Trio Anima, to explore the wealth of repertoire for string trio, flute and harp. Trio Anima formed in 2006 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and since then have delighted audiences with their distinctive combination of flute, viola and harp. The trio won the Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, and First Prize at the Camac Harps Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2007.

Matthew Featherstone is Principal Flautist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and also performs as Guest Principal with many orchestras. He was awarded the Royal Overseas League Wind Prize in 2012. Anneke Hodnett enjoys a busy orchestral and chamber career, playing with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and performing chamber music in ensembles throughout Europe. Florence Cooke is internationally recognized as a chamber musician and soloist, her playing described in the Observer as “taut, precise and atmospheric … appeared flawless”. Drew Balch has played around the world in many chamber music ensembles and festivals. Karen French is a member of the Alke Quartet, Park Lane Group Artists and finalists in the St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition and the Ernest Bloch Music Competition.

flute: Matthew Featherstone | harp: Anneke Hodnett
violin: Florence Cooke | viola: Drew Balch | cello : Karen French