Formed in 2022 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Lowry Piano Trio brings together three musicians with a passion for Chamber Music. They have studied with Simon Rowland-Jones, Carole Presland and Krysztof Smietana and have recently had a Masterclass with the Gould Piano Trio. As a fresh vibrant ensemble, they enjoy performing lesser known works and have future-engagements around the UK.

Anna Holmes

Originally from Oxford, violinist Anna Holmes is currently in the final year of her Master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studies with Professor Simon Blendis and is a recipient of The Ruth Wright Memorial Award in support of her studies. She has also studied Baroque violin with Professor Oliver Webber during her time at the school.

Prior to her study at Guildhall, Anna was a student of Cerys Jones at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; she graduated in 2021 having won several prizes for chamber music during her final year, including The McGrenery Prize for Chamber Music with the Velaris Piano Quartet.

A keen chamber musician, Anna has worked with musicians from ensembles including The Gould Trio, The Tippet Quartet and The Albion Quartet. In 2022, she attended the Dartington Festival Summer School where she studied with and performed alongside the Brodsky Quartet in a week of Shostakovich string quartets. 

Anna has performed in venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre, the Royal Albert Hall and St David’s Hall and has performed in masterclasses with musicians including Carmine Lauri, Rachel Podger and David Adams.

James McBeth 

James McBeth is a Welsh cellist, a recent Master Graduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying under Ursula Smith. He has performed in prestigious venues such as Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, St. David’s Cathedral and Drapers Hall. As a keen chamber musician, he has received masterclasses with the Heath and Endellion String Quartets. 

Recently, he performed at Dartington Summer School Music Festival with the Connollo Quartet during a Shostakovich Quartet cycle alongside the Brodsky Quartet. Alongside, he has been Principal Cellist of the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra undertaking Messiaen Turangalîla with Nicholas Collon.

Previously, he studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Welsh National Opera Principal cellist, Rosie Biss. He was a principal of the symphony orchestra and participated in masterclasses with Leonard Elschenbroich and Natalie Clein.

He also successfully won placements with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera during his time. Currently James is a Junior Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is generously loaned a Cello from the Workshop of Kennedy c.1800, owned by Benslow Music Instrument Loan Scheme.

Jonny Budd

Jonny Budd is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied under the tutelage of Alasdair Beatson. He has recently been awarded the Gillian and Freddie Martin Award for his postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2022.

Jonny enjoys performing varied solo recitals and chamber works. he has performed in some of its major concert spaces including Birmingham Symphony Hall and Cathedral. 

His diverse range of musical engagements has not detracted from his solo career, specialising in the music of Ravel, Debussy and Scriabin, while also undertaking works in the baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary styles. In 2021, Jonny graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours along with the Sheila and Colina Hodge Memorial Prize for best piano and violin duo with his duo partner Sean Morrison.


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