Since giving its debut concert at the Bishopsgate Institute for the City of London Chamber Music Society in January 2014 the Pomegranate Piano Trio, formed of Fenella Barton (violin), cellist Rebecca Hepplewhite (nee Hewes) and Andrew West (piano), has quickly established a reputation for fine performances. It now pursues a busy concert diary playing imaginative and engaging programmes throughout England, Scotland and Wales. As highly successful musicians in their own right, the highlights of their combined solo and chamber concerts have been at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wiener Musikverein, La Salle Cortot, Paris The Lincoln Center, New York, and Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
The Pomegranate Piano Trio’s current concert season features appearances at Cheltenham and Bromsgrove, in which they focus on a wide variety of contemporary works. There is a Scottish theme, with pieces by Sally Beamish, James Macmillan and Judith Weir, and a world premiere by Rebecca’s husband, the rising young composer Russell Hepplewhite. In early 2017 they turn to some of the great classics of the piano trio repertoire, with Beethoven’s Archduke, the Brahms B major, and the less often heard Smetana trio.
"The Pomegranate Trio's performance of my Trio was splendid. A truly 'felt' interpretation which seemed to live inside the legendary world of the piece."Anthony Payne - Composer
"Fenella Barton ...gifted and decisive."The Strad Magazine
"Violinist Fenella Barton... gave the U.S. premiere of Anthony Payne's quicksilver "Footfalls Echo in Memory" with urgency and grace."Los Angeles Times
“Rebecca Hewes has a sumptuous, mahogany tone and bold arresting sound and plays with both power and delicacy as required”Fanfare Magazine
“Rebecca Hewes displayed a fondness for more expansive lines and exuded a powerful but never overwrought expression.”The Strad
“Andrew West... playing of stylish clarity and purpose”The Evening Standard
“Andrew West... playing of delicacy and grace, incisive attack and tension”New York Times