Tempest is an exciting flute trio founded at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Helen Wilson, Holly Melia and Sarah Bennett who have studied together for years, first at Chetham's School of Music and then at the RNCM, all originally come from Yorkshire. The trio covers a wide spectrum of music including their own works and arrangements. They also enjoy discovering new works in collaboration with current composers which has already resulted in a number of fantastic new works written for the trio.

Tempest was the winner of the Royal Over Seas League Competition 2013, received Second Prize in the International Kuhlau Flute Competition 2013 and won the RNCM Contemporary Music Award 2012, the RNCM Ensemble of the Year Competition 2011, the RNCM Woodwind Chamber Music Competition and Trevor Wye Prize 2011. They were selected to be artists for the Park Lane Group Concert Series 2013 and the Manchester Midday Concert Society 2013/14. In May 2011 Tempest was delighted to win the Nonclassical "Battle of the Bands" competition resulting in an album deal with the Nonclassical records label.

Tempest is performing regularly around the UK and internationally. They performed as featured artists in the National Flute Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas, the British Flute Society Convention in Manchester and have toured Switzerland where they opened the Lucerne Chamber Music Series. Tempest are ready to play in any venue, any setting and any event and whilst being regular recital artists, they often play at private parties and functions. The trio also deliver workshops and are members of the "Live Music Now!" scheme, a charity, which for over thirty years, has been putting into practice the visionary ideals of its founders, Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker; bringing the joy and inspiration of live music to those who have limited access to conventional music-making.

Much of Tempest's success as a trio is fuelled by each member's determination, originality and accomplishments as individuals. All three are established as soloists, ensemble and orchestral musicians and all three won the RNCM Gold Medal Award (the highest award given for performance at the RNCM open to all undergraduate and postgradute students) whilst in their second years as undergraduate students (Helen 2009, Holly 2010 and Sarah 2012)

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