A composer with humanity

Deborah Coogan on cello, Valmai Coggins on viola, James Fortune on flute and Rachel Westwood on violin. Photo: supplied.
Deborah Coogan on cello, Valmai Coggins on viola, James Fortune on flute and Rachel Westwood on violin. Photo: supplied.

A little bit different from your standard string trio, the ‘Three Piece Suite’ prefers intimate venues to perform. 

The addition of a flautist for their ‘Magic Mozart’ concert also sets them apart from the classic string trio formation. James Fortune will be performing alongside Deborah Coogin on the cello, Valmai Coggins on the viola, and Rachel Westwood on the violin.

The small scale musical experience harks back to the original style of chamber music, allowing a close audience relationship with the performance. 

“We like to only play in pretty small venues,” viola player Valmai Coggins said. 

“We like to have a very intimate experience with the audience, so we can really share.”

In their Braidwood debut, the group will be performing a series of pieces by Mozart.

As a composer who blends the intellectual with passionate emotion, Mozart’s humanity appeals to an audience, says Ms Coggins. 

She herself always enjoys Mozart’s Divertimento, the first really important piece from the classical era for the group’s combination of instruments.

“There’s a lot of humour in the music, there’s a lot of conversation between the instruments. Hopefully they’ll feel uplifted and peaceful after it,” Ms Coggins said.

Magic Mozart is the first of seven concerts in the St Andrews Spring to Autumn concert series.

  • The Three Piece Suite present ‘Magic Mozart’ at St Andrew’s Anglican Church on Sunday November 19, at 2pm, adult entry $25, child $5, purchase tickets on the door (cash only) or online at tpschambermusic.com/upcoming-concerts