Emma Halnan Flautist Flute teacher Letchworth

 The Aurora Trio


FLUTE – Emma Halnan

VIOLA –  Joe Bronstein

HARP – Heather Wrighton


Emma and Heather also perform as a Flute and Harp duo – please contact Emma for all enquiries regarding potential concerts and functions (including weddings).
 The Aurora Trio was established whilst all three musicians were 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 UnionChamber Orchestra. Joe joined the Academy in Chamber Orchestra. Joe joined the Academy in 2012, and was invited by Emma and Heather to form the trio. The trio have been fortunate to receive coaching from flautists Kate Hill and William Bennett, violist Martin Outram and harpist Karen Vaughan. Emma Halnan (flute) first came to prominence as the woodwind category winner of BBC Young Musician 2010. Since then, she has gone on to perform at many of the major UK venues, and has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, and the Welsh Sinfonia. She recently won the Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Classical Music Award 2016, in association with Classic FM. As a result, she will record and broadcast on Classic FM a piece specially composed for her by Sir Karl Jenkins. Emma was principal flute of the European Union Youth Orchestra 2014-16, and has appeared as guest principal flute in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has been selected as a City Music Foundation Artist for 2015-17. Emma studied at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett and Kate Hill, and continues to study privately with Robert Winn.

The Aurora Trio is an exciting young chamber ensemble, which is quickly developing a reputation for pushing the boundaries of its unusual instrumentation. Their repertoire comprises many new pieces and original arrangements alongside core works for flute, viola and harp. Since its conception in 2012, the trio has performed widely across the UK; recent engagements include recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Colston Hall, Norwich and Norfolk Festival, Halesworth Festival and Roehampton University. From 2014-16, the trio held a prestigious chamber music fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music. During their time as fellows, they worked closely with performers and composers from the student body as well as from the Junior Royal Academy of Music and Open Academy, the learning and participation department. The Aurora Trio are selected artists for Live Music Now and The Concordia Foundation. In July 2016, they were awarded the Dorothy Parkinson Memorial Award for Young British Musicians at Harrogate International Festival.


Emma Halnan flautist flute teacher Letchworth
Joe Bronstein
Joe Bronstein (viola) has a busy freelance career, working across the country with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Manchester Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Welsh National Opera. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Martin Outram, and prior to this graduated from the University of Manchester with first class BSc in Mathematics. He plays a viola that was kindly lent to him by Philip Heyman, principal viola of the orchestra of Welsh National Opera.
Heather Wrighton
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.
Emma Halnan flautist flute teacher Letchworth