Consone Quartet May 2016
Agata Daraskaite, Magdalena Loth-Hill violins
John Crockatt viola
George Ross cello
We were delighted to welcome Consone Quartet back to York for their residency as part of the EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles project. 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.
While in residency at the NCEM, Consone Quartet took part in the NYMAZ Connect:Resound project , a schools concert for a live audience of children from Heworth primary school which was 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.
Training and support is very much part of the eeemerging ethos, and while they were with us the quartet also received specialist coaching from violinist Kati Debretzeni as well as training in administration and working with promoters from Clare Norburn, Co-Artistic Director of Brighton Early Music Festival.
Halfway through the residency, the focus changed to the Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival and Consone Quartet presented the opening concert at Toll Gavel United Church with a programme of Mozart and Mendelssohn which was very well received.
They also joined members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment who worked with Beverley Grammar School pupils and feeder primary schools to create an opera based on Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, the Age Old Story . They gave two special performances together.
Their final engagement was to attend a concert given by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in Warter Church and the two quartets have hatched plans to join forces and play Mendelssohn's Octet together at Buxton Festival next year.
About Consone Quartet: Winners of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Strings/Keyboard Ensemble Prize, the Consone Quartet is dedicated to exploring and recreating the sound-worlds of the classical and early romantic repertoire through period instrument performance. Find out more about them at www.consonequartet.com