About The Trio

Born of a passion to share the wonderful, yet neglected repertoire for string trio, the Tagore String Trio has been performing at music clubs and festivals across the country and on their numerous chamber music courses for many years. Frances Mason, violin, Brian Schiele, viola and James Halsey, cello, bring a fresh, imaginative and expressive approach to their music making which is always memorable.  Their knowledgeable and entertaining introductions draw the audience in and create a real chamber music experience, whatever the venue.

You will find Tagore fascinating. Their interpretations of the trio repertoire, not just brilliant but spell binding.  Their tutoring likewise conveys the same inborn passion. Whether you come under the category of keen amateur or young professional your playing will be given innovative direction and taken to a fresh level on both an individual and group basis.”

About the name…

In the 1890s Sourindro Mohun Tagore D.Mus KT (a distant relative of Rabindranath Tagore the poet) made a generous donation to the Royal College of Music which then founded the Tagore Gold Medal. It became the most prized award that the College makes to its students.  Frances, Brian and James all studied at the RCM and Frances won the Tagore Gold Medal.  With the RCM’s blessing she formed the Tagore String Trio in 1994.




Frances Mason – Violin

Brian Schiele – Viola

James Halsey – Cello