The Darting Trout Quintet
Formed especially for the Dart Music Festival, Kathy Kenny, Holly Molyneux, Nicola Smith, Michael Allnatt and Sara Evans are The Darting Trout Quintet. Not surprisingly part of their repertoire will be the Trout Quintet by Schubert.
Kathy Kenny studied her music degree at Goldsmiths College and then did a post graduate piano accompaniment course at Trinity Music College. Having the privilege of a musical upbringing she played many chamber works with her late father, the distinguished violinist Colin Sauer.
Kathy has had a long relationship with the Dartmouth Music Festival and two years ago she performed a Mozart piano concerto and the Bach Double with the Dartmouth orchestra. Kathy works for a charity called Cued Speech UK with families who have a deaf child helping them to communicate effectively.
Nicola plays viola and violin and manages the professional orchestra, Devon Baroque and the London Syrian Ensemble in the south and south west. She studied at Dartington College of Arts with Oliver Butterworth
Michael, since graduating in 1988, from the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, Goldsmith’s College, London, has made his home in Devon. Michael teaches the double bass at both Exeter and Plymouth Universities and performs with amongst others the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Sarum Orchestra and Dorset Opera.
Holly Molyneux fell in love with the cello at the age of 11 and progressed quickly through the Leicestershire School of Music Youth Orchestra to become principle cellist in the Leicestershire Symphony Orchestra. She also performed in a variety of chamber ensembles winning national youth ensemble awards.
Holly studied music at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and performed under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Yehudi Menuhin in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Now living in the South Hams Holly is giving back what she received in her younger years and is a peripatetic instrumental teacher and plays in a wide variety of ensembles and styles.
Sarah, violinist was brought up surrounded by music. She began playing the piano at the age of 5, joined the church choir at the age of 6 and started the violin aged 7. From that moment on she knew she wanted to be a violinist. She received a scholarship for her lessons from the Kent Music School before going on to study both violin and viola at Trinity College of Music in London where she won several prizes including the John Barbirolli Prize for String Quartet, The Leonard Smith duo prize, The Sophie Langdon Classical Concerto Competition and The Alfred Gibson Memorial Prize. She studied violin with Trevor Williams, Anne Hooley and Hugh Bean and received chamber music coaching from Keith Lovell and Joely Koos. Sarah now lives in Surrey and freelances as a violinist playing with both orchestras and in chamber music groups. She plays on a violin made for her in 2014 by David Munro.