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"The balance and dynamics were spot-on, with Sue Baxendale's sweet-toned horn playing a compelling clear voice."

Keith Bruce, The Herald

"The programme was pitched just right for our audience and all the comments we had were very positive. Your group were consummate professionals and the audience always appreciate the bit of interaction with the performers."

Irene Cairns, Beith Arts Guild, February 2015

Antonine Trio / baritone, french horn, piano

The Antonine Trio was formed in the summer of 2009, offering an enjoyable, entertaining and informative blend of music and conversation with their unusual blend of voice, french horn and piano.

They perform a wide variety of music for their audiences, ranging from Mozart and Strauss through to new contemporary commissions, to theatre pieces, traditional folk melodies, and even Flanders and Swann!
They love to get to know their audience, introducing their music with historical and musical detail and fascinating anecdotes.

Sample programme:

  • Frank Spedding: ‘Old English Songs’ for voice, horn and piano
  • Vaughan Williams: ‘The Roadside Fire’ for baritone and piano
  • Antony Plog: ‘Aesop’s Fables’ for narrator, horn and piano
  • Strauss: ‘Nocturno’ for horn and piano
  • Volker David Kirchner: ‘Orfeo’for baritone, horn and piano
  • Derek Clark ‘Chamber Music’ for baritone, horn and piano
  • Arnold Cooke: ‘Nocturnes’ for voice, horn and piano
  • Lehrer: ‘Poisoning Pigeons in the Park’ for voice and piano
  • Burns arr. S. Adams: ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ and ‘Gae Bring Tae Me’ for baritone, horn and piano

Steven Faughey, baritone
Steven was born in the North East of England and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) with Bill McCue and Jeff Nielson Taylor, graduating in 1990.

Since then he has sung with the Chorus of Scottish Opera, and has also appeared with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and Garsington Festival Opera. Steven has sung rôles in The Magic Flute, La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Il Barbiere di Siviglia, not forgetting his memorable performance of the Dead Body in Erwartung (mute)!

Amongst other rôles, he has also appeared as Papageno in The Magic Flute, Falke in Die Fledermaus, and Ford in Falstaff,  and is highly sought after for his solo oratorio work.

Steven is a regular soloist with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera’s ‘Sounds of Singing’ series, performing solo, duet and ensemble numbers including ‘Largo al factotum’ and the ‘Papageno, Papagena’ duet.

He is also closely involved with other areas of the Scottish Opera education department, visiting schools around Scotland with the Schools workshop/performance: The Big Bang Show, Fever, The Legend of Slim McBride and the Lost Tribe and Passport to Paris.  Steven is also a founder member of Opera Alba.

Sue Baxendale, french horn
Sue studied English Literature and Music at the University of Birmingham, before gaining a postgraduate diploma in performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

She freelanced on both Horn and Wagner Tuba in England for several years, before moving to Scotland in 1996 to take up the position of Section Principal Horn with the orchestra of Scottish Opera.

She has worked extensively in the UK, including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Sue has also played with the Hallé Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Opera North, Paragon Ensemble, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Her solo performances have included performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante on Radio 3 with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Haydn’s Horn Concerto no.2.

Derek Clark, piano
Derek was born in Glasgow and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) and the London Opera Centre.  He joined Welsh National Opera’s music staff in 1977 as a repetiteur and staff conductor, conducting a wide repertoire ranging from Handel and Mozart to Maxwell Davies and Stravinsky.
He is a regular guest coach at the National Opera Studio, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD).
Since joining Scottish Opera as Head of Music in 1997, he has conducted Samson, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Fidelio, Carmen, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Barber of Seville, L’Italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, Tosca, Madam Butterfly, and James MacMillan’s Ines de Castro.
He has provided reduced orchestrations for many Scottish Opera on Tour productions and has also conducted all three seasons of the company’s Five:15 Operas made in Scotland project, and the premiere of Rory Boyle’s award-winning opera Kaspar Hauser for the RSAMD.
In Scottish Opera’s 2013/14 season he conducted Scottish Opera’s three New Operas being performed as part of Edinburgh Festival, and performances of The Magic Flute and The Pirates of Penzance. He is also a guest judge at the music competitions in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
As an accompanist he plays regularly for soloists, and with Opera Alba and Coro Alba, performing a wide range of music, from opera to wedding repertoire, from operetta to Burns songs, from songs from the shows to Gilbert and Sullivan.  He also works as an arranger and composer.

Past concerts:

Cottiers Festival

Sphere RSS concert series

Beith Arts Guild

Ross Priory

Balerno Music Festival

Catstrand, High Street, New Galloway DG7 3RN

St Cyprians (Lenzie) concert series

Sundays at Seven, Helensburgh

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