~ The Aurora Trio ~

Flute, Harp and Viola Trio - Emma Halnan, Heather Wrighton and Joe Bronstein

Emma and Heather also perform as a flute and harp duo - please contact Emma for all enquiries regarding potential concerts and  functions (including weddings). Please also see www.heatherwrighton.co.uk


The Aurora Trio was established in 2012 by Emma Halnan (flute), Joe Bronstein (viola) and Heather Wrighton (harp) whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Emma and Heather had previously played as a flute and harp duo; in 2010 they performed Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Joe commenced his Masters degree at the Academy in 2012 and was invited by Emma and Heather to form the trio. 

The Aurora Trio has been awarded a prestigious chamber music fellowship at The Royal Academy of Music for 2014/15. During their time as fellows, they are working closely with performers and composers from the student body as well as from the Junior Department and Open Academy (the learning and participation department). The trio have also been selected as artists for 'Live Music Now' and 'The Concordia Foundation'. 

Since its conception, the trio has performed at a number of important venues across the UK. Recent engagements include recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall Front Room, Halesworth Festival, Norwich and Norfolk Festival, and Roehampton University. The trio have been fortunate to receive coaching from flautists Kate Hill and William Bennett, violist Martin Outram and harpist Karen Vaughan.

Heather Wrighton (harp) studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Karen Vaughan, graduating with an MA (Distinction), BMus(Hons) and an LRAM. Heather currently freelances as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician which has led her to perform at prestigious concert venues including The Royal Festival Hall, Cardiff Millennium Centre, Royal Opera House, Cadogan Hall, St John’s, Smith Square, Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, Glyndebourne Opera House, Kensington and St James’ Palaces. In addition to the Classical Harp, Heather plays Celtic, Baroque triple and Paraguayan Harps.


Photos by Ben Halnan

 Joe Bronstein (viola) has recently completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Martin Outram. Prior to this, he achieved a first class honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Manchester. Joe has a busy freelance career involving work with orchestras, chamber ensembles and solo performances – he will be performing Berlioz Harold in Italy twice in 2015. Joe has taken part in training schemes with the London Sinfonietta and the Britten Sinfonia, and travelled to Japan for the Pacific Music Festival 2013 as a result of a nomination by the Academy. He plays a fine modern viola by James Stephenson.