Irish-based Trio Táin, formed in 2020, is Ireland’s leading flute, viola and harp ensemble. The name ‘Trio Táin’ represents the home place of two of the ensemble’s members, Robin Panter (viola) and Vourneen Ryan (flute), who are married and live together with their two small children in Louth, where the legend of the Táin Bó Cúailnge originates.
All three musicians have played together since 2007 in various ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish National Opera, Irish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, from China to Liverpool and throughout Ireland.
Trio Táin’s members all have well-established careers as professional musicians. Robin Panter (viola) is currently a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and has a busy freelance career as a violist. Robin is a string faculty member at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Vourneen Ryan (flute) was previously co-principal flute with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and now has a varied career as a freelance flautist, educator and performance psychologist. Vourneen is on the flute faculty and lectures in Career Development at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Aisling Ennis (harp) is a Wicklow-based artist who enjoys a varied career as a performer, artistic collaborator and improviser. In 2022 she released her debut solo album, The Folly of Melancholy. 2023 will see her recital ‘Fairy Music: Ceol Sí’ performed throughout County Wicklow as well as ongoing appearances with The Irish Chamber Orchestra and collaborations with various artists including Imogen-Blue Hinohosa, Una Palliser, Shiva R Joyce, theatre maker Anna Newell and guitarist Eamon Sweeney. Aisling’s work is supported by Arts Council Ireland and Wicklow County Council.
Trio Táin’s mission is to deliver inclusive, engaging, and innovative work. The trio curates programmes of established concert repertoire, as well as exploring alternative concert formats such as their series of reflective concerts, Pause. Trio Táin welcomes collaborations and has joined with soprano Catherine Redding to perform Taverner’s To a Child Dancing in the Wind at The Whale Theatre, Greystones.
The trio has gratefully received generous support from many organisations including The Arts Council of Ireland, Wicklow County Council, and Create Louth.
Trio Táins’ Pause series was supported by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Agility Award, during which they performed their own arrangements of music by composers such as Phillip Glass, Telemann, Arvo Pärt and Bach. This expertly curated programme of music was born from the desire to provide music as a balm to comfort others in times of stress and anxiety. The series was recorded and filmed at Anaverna House, Louth, and is available to watch on the @triotain YouTube channel.
Both Vourneen and Aisling are recipients of Arts Council of Ireland Music bursaries. Robin plays on a viola by John Dilworth, generously funded through the Music Capital Scheme which is managed by Music Network and funded by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.