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Florin String Trio

Dohnányi Serenade for String Trio Op. 10 in C
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Beethoven Serenade for String Trio Op. 8 in D


18 January 2014 at 7:30 pm

Performing Arts Centre, Teignmouth Community School, Exeter Road, Teignmouth TQ14 9HZ (map)

Charles Mutter - violin Catherine Rimer - cello Alistair Scahill - viola


Charles Mutter was born in 1970, in Sussex. He studied with Anthony Stevenson, Andrew Sherwood, Kenneth Piper, David Takeno and Simon Fischer.

After working in London with such ground-breaking groups as the Kreisler String Orchestra, the Smith Quartet and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Charles moved to Scotland. His work with the Edinburgh Quartet attracted much critical acclaim (notably a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” for their recordings of Hans Gal) and it was at this time that he became artistic director of the Loch Shiel Spring Festival, recently featured on BBC2’s Culture Show.

Charles moved back to England in 2007 to take up the post of Associate Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has led the orchestra in many of their highest-profile activities, including televised Proms appearances with Nigel Kennedy & Gwilym Simcock, the BBC2 series “Maestro” and a memorable concert with Burt Bacharach.

Charles plays on a violin made for him in 2007 by the young German luthier Stephan von Baehr.


Catherine Rimer was born and raised in the North East and studied with Emma Ferrand (R.N.C.M.), Alexander Baillie (R.A.M.), Steven Doane (Eastman School, N.Y.) and with Steven Isserlis at Prussia Cove. As an undergraduate she had chamber coaching from Eli Goren, William Pleeth and the Amadeus, Bartók and Smetena Quartets while as a postgraduate in the U.S. she pursued a new interest in historical performance practice with Paul O’Dette and Malcolm Bilson.

She has been a member of Sir John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique since 1996 and a guest principal with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Avison Ensemble, Dunedin Consort, English Concert and Scottish Chamber Orchestra among others. With these groups she has performed throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East, accompanied world-class soloists at venues such as Glyndebourne BBC Proms, Wigmore and Carnegie Hall and recorded many choral and orchestral masterpieces of the 18th-19th centuries.

Also in demand as a chamber musician, she was acting cellist of the Skampa Quartet for six months and has joined the Eroica Quartet on several occasions. As soloist she has performed concerti by Haydn and Beethoven on period instruments and the ‘Rococo’ Variations in its original version. Catherine currently teaches at the Royal College of Music and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

She plays a William Forster cello, c.1780.


Alistair Scahill was brought up in Kent and studied with Sheila Veryard and Roger Best while at The Judd School then with Martin Outram at the Royal Academy of Music.

Whilst at the Academy he studied chamber music with members of the Amadeus and Alberni Quartets and visited the Liszt Academy in Budapest to study with the Bartók Quartet and with György Kurtág.

He went on to join a string sextet based in Northern France playing the core repertoire and many new commissions. On his return to London, Alistair began working with the major symphony orchestras. The majority of his orchestral work continues to be with the London Philharmonic Orchestra including seasons at Glyndebourne, international touring and recording work. Alistair also plays with the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and for Rambert Dance Company.  

His association with Kent continues as viola tutor for the Kent County Youth Orchestra with whom he  recently performed the Walton Viola Concerto.

He plays on a viola by Andrea Castagneri which was made in Paris in 1736.