Consone Quartet’s residence at the National Centre for Early Music (York – England)

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) was delighted to welcome Consone Quartet back to York for their residence as part of eeemerging: Emerging European Ensembles from 20th to 29th May 2016. It was the quartet’s success at the finals of the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition that won them a place on the programme.

They gave the opening concert in the 2016 Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival at Toll Gavel United Church with a programme of Mozart and Mendelssohn which was very well received.

Consone Quartet also took part in the NYMAZ Connect:Resound project, a schools concert for a live audience of children from Heworth primary school which was also livestreamed to an online audience of pupils in rurally isolated schools across England. In preparation for the event, the Quartet received coaching and support from the NYMAZ Connect:Resound team and from Cherry Forbes, Education Director of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. It was a completely new experience for the quartet and very rewarding for all those involved.

During their residence, the quartet received specialist coaching from violinist Kati Debretzeni; and training in administration and working with promoters from Clare Norburn, Co-Artistic Director of Brighton Early Music Festival.

The quartet also performed with members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Beverley Grammar School pupils, who worked with feeder primary schools to create an opera based on Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, the Age Old Story as part of Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival.

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Agata Daraskaite, Magdalena Loth-Hill violins
John Crockatt viola
George Ross