“An afternoon of delight with calm, mesmerising, meditative and at times hypnotic sounds, the pair brought a programme of music from the traditional European schools to the more exotic rhythms and tonalities of Egypt and India” The Argyllshire Advertiser
Formed in 2010, the Clyde Duo consists of Irish Flautist, Aisling Agnew and Welsh Harpist, Sharron Griffiths. Aisling and Sharron met while working together at St Andrews University where they were both teachers and performer’s, they discovered they share a compelling interest in the flute and harp repertoire and since then have performed together across the UK and internationally.
Aisling and Sharron share a passion for performing music from the beautiful vast flute and harp repertoire including music by well known composers such as Debussy, Bach and Rossini, along with music from their native countries, Ireland, Wales and their adopted home, Scotland. They have a keen interest in expanding the repertoire for the combination, premiering many new works and are currently touring with a programme of flute and harp music by underrepresented composers.
Aisling and Sharron are in great demand as soloists, chamber musicians and are regularly seen playing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra to name a few
Aisling Agnew- Flute
Aisling Agnew is a flautist from Belfast. She performs internationally and has toured across many continents, performing at prominent festivals such as the National Flute Association’s 40th Convention at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Jeonju International Sori Festival in Korea, Sarajevo Winter Festival and also closer to home at New Music Dublin, the British Flute Convention in Manchester, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, and the Belfast International Festival as both a soloist and chamber musician. Aisling is host of the successful podcast The Flute NI and has interviewed many performers, teachers and makers about their experiences. Aisling has made many successful recordings featuring CDs, radio broadcasts and live performances online and she specialises in playing a wide range of flutes, performing on silver and wooden concert flutes as well as baroque and Irish flute and whistle. Aisling is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is the recipient of many awards including the Countess of Munster, Arts Council of NI, Creative Scotland and Belfast Classical Music Bursaries. Aisling is flautist with Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble in Belfast, specialising in contemporary music and she also performs with the Irish Memory Orchestra, collaborating with Irish traditional musicians. Aisling regularly performs with various orchestras in the UK and Ireland and she is involved with a variety of music education programmes such as the Ulster Orchestra's Crescendo Project.
Sharron Griffiths - Harp
Sharron started playing the harp at the age of ten in her native Wales, she has pursued a diverse and varied career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in recitals both on the concert platform, recording and radio broadcast’s. Sharron works regularly with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. She also works with several International Orchestra’s, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Arctic Philharmonic, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to name a few, and also held positions on West End and touring Musicals, along with playing for many pop & film sessions Sharron is a keen soloist and chamber musician, she has as appeared as concerto soloist with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and is a member of the Bardic Trio [with Tenor,Jamie MacDougall & Guitarist, Matthew McAllister] and FvH [with Ruth Morley, flute and Scott Dickinson, Viola} performing in recitals across the country including at the St Magnus Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Cottier Chamber Project, Lammermuir Festival, Sound festival and Celtic Connections, Sharron is a Lecturer of Pedal Harp at the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Harp teacher at St Andrews University, Douglas Academy and a regular harp tutor for the National Youth Orchestra’s of Scotland. www.sharrongriffiths.co.uk
“We were enchanted by the beautiful playing and your whole presentation. We especially appreciated your solos. It is like a breath of fresh air to listen to live music again, playing of that quality was a special treat. Thank you, and do come again to Rothesay! “ Bute Arts Society