Photography by Black Cherry | Design by Salma Alam

The Sterling Trio was formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2006, and has since established itself as an exciting, innovative and engaging chamber ensemble. Selected artists for the 2013-14 Making Music Concert Promoters' Group Brochure, Finalists in the Tunnell Trust Music Club Awards Scheme 2011-12, finalists and performers in the Park Lane Group Young Artists Concerts New Year Series 2012, shortlisted for site specific exhibition at the Royal Opera House 2010 and finalists with UK Young Artists 2010, the Trio pride themselves on a creative and versatile approach to music-making, striving for the highest standard of performance both as musicians and communicators.


Their unique combination of instruments – complemented by bass clarinet, piccolo and alto flute – boasts an extensive and eclectic repertoire encompassing music from the Renaissance to the present day: rich 19th century opera-infused virtuosic works, impressionistic 20th century French music and arrangements, many by the Trio, of works by prominent composers such as Dowland, Corelli, Mendelssohn and Bartók.


The Trio is passionate about raising the profile and expanding the repertoire for their instrumental combination, with commissions forming an important part of their work. Their commitment to new music has recently seen the Trio collaborate with several composers, including Howard Blake OBE. The Trio has additionally collaborated with a soprano and with a visual artist, and hope to work with other art forms in the future.


Highlights from The Sterling Trio’s busy concert schedule have included recitals in London (St. James’s Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall), Manchester (RNCM, University of Manchester), Leeds (International Concert Season), Liverpool and North Wales. The Trio has also played for the Association of European Conservatoires and performs as a chamber ensemble for the Concordia Foundation. As well as formal recitals, the Trio performs for arts festivals, rural touring and National Galleries, and enjoys education and community work in schools, hospitals and residential homes.


Sarah Atter – Flute

Thomas Verity – Clarinet

Lauren Hibberd – Piano



‘The Sterling Trio impressed and delighted with their musicianship, adventurous programming and presentation’

Leicester Mercury, June 2011




‘One of the most relaxed, nicely introduced and skillfully played performances for SASRA Music & Arts in recent years’

SASRA Music and Arts, Egremont, November 2011