About Us

Formed in 2006, the Eblana String Trio consists of three committed chamber musicians, intent on performing the often neglected string trio repertoire. During their time at the Royal Northern College of Music the trio won all the major chamber music prizes, notably winning the 2010 RNCM chamber music award and audience prize for their performance of Britten’s Phantasy Quartet, together with oboist David Curington.  The Trio are regular visitors to concert series' and festivals throughout the UK and beyond and are frequent collaborators with other instrumentalists and composers. 

The Trio are current Park Lane Group Artists and recently performed works by Robin Holloway, Joel Rust (world premiere) and Schoenberg to critical acclaim at St John’s Smith Square.  In the 2016-17 season the trio are looking forward to debut performances at both the Wigmore Hall for the Park Lane Group and at the Bridgewater Hall for the Manchester Midday Concerts Society. 

Over the past decade the trio have given concerts for music societies and festivals throughout the UK with notable past appearances including Keele Concerts Society, Derby Chamber Music Society, Bollington Chamber Concerts, Holmes Chapel Music Society, MusikFest Goslar (Germany) and the North Norfolk, King’s Lyn, Stratford-upon-Avon and Salisbury Festivals.  In 2015 The Trio were also invited to perform live on Radio 3 as studio guests on ‘In Tune’.  Between 2007 and 2013, the trio also made annual appearances at the RNCM Chamber Music Festivals including a critically acclaimed performance of the Schoenberg String Trio in the 2009 Festival of Viennese chamber music- “...the late, mercurial, if elliptical, String Trio, a sort of 12-tone divertimento, was brilliantly undertaken by the RNCM’s Eblana String Trio.” (Paul Driver - Sunday Times)

The trio are fortunate to have received coaching from many eminent chamber musicians such as Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Hugh Maguire, Robin Ireland and Petr Prause, and have also attended the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove studying with David Waterman. The trio have also been invited on a number of occasions to participate in the European Chamber Music Academy, most recently studying with Christoph Richter, Peter Cropper and Hatto Beyerle.

In addition to performing the core string trio repertoire, the trio also has a keen interest in commissioning and performing new music, and in 2014 was delighted to present three separate World Premieres as part of recitals for the Stratford Upon Avon, King’s Lynn, and Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Music Festivals.  The trio also regularly collaborates with other musicians to form a larger ensemble with recent highlights including performances of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht for the Birmingham Conservatoire Music Festival and Schubert’s Trout Quintet for Derby Chamber Music Society.  From 2013 until 2015 The Eblana String Trio were Junior Fellows in chamber music at Birmingham Conservatoire, a post which encompassed performing, studying and teaching whilst acting as ambassadors for the Conservatoire.  The trio are now visiting tutors in Chamber Music at Birmingham Conservatoire.





Jonathan Martindale

Born in Manchester in 1985 Jonathan Martindale has been the violinist of the Eblana String Trio since its inception. Aside from the trio he holds a Sub-Principal position in the Royal Northern Sinfonia and is also a member of Manchester Camerata. He has also regularly been a guest with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and BBC Philharmonic and in recent years Jonathan’s performances have taken him throughout Europe, the Far East, and Australia. Notable solo performances include a solo Bach recital for Manchester International Festival as well as performances of concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Dutilleux.

Lucy Nolan

Violist Lucy Nolan left her native Dublin to study at the RNCM, and during her time there was awarded an International Artist Diploma in Orchestral String Leadership, a Master Degree in solo performance with Distinction and a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours. As well as working with many distinguished orchestras, Lucy’s career as a chamber musician has seen her perform widely across the UK and further afield, collaborating with musicians including Thomas Riebl, Catrin Finch, Moray Welch and Marcia Crayford. She is also passionate about teaching and is currently on the staff at Junior RNCM, Yorkshire Young Musicians, the University of Manchester and Pro Corda.

Peggy Nolan

Peggy Nolan commenced her third level training at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2006 studying with Peter Dixon among others. She holds an International Artist Diploma in String Leadership, Master of Music and first class Bachelor degree from the RNCM. As well as her work with the Eblana String Trio, Peggy was a founding member of the Borromini Quartet, a young London-based ensemble, performing on instruments and bows of the classical period. As an orchestral player Peggy frequently performs with some of the UK and Ireland’s finest orchestras including the Halle, BBC Philharmonic and Irish Chamber Orchestra.