Consone Quartet (period string quartet)
£0.00 – £20.00
12 October 2019, 7.30pm
Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Tonbridge
Agata Daraskaite & Magdalena Loth-Hill (violins)
Elitsa Bogdanova (viola); George Ross (cello)
Schubert: String Quartet No.2 D.32
Haydn: String Quartet Op.20 No.4
Boccherini: String Quartet Op.33 No.5
Schumann: String Quartet Op.4 No.2
Adults £20 Under-18s and Students in full-time education free
Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult
This concert is also available as part of a mini-season membership (3 concerts for £50) or a full membership (5 concerts for £75)
“The Consone dazzle with their cohesion ….. One can only admire this young ensemble: the maturity of their look, the instrumental perfection of each of the musicians, the fusion of the four voices ….” (On Top Audio)
A stunning new quartet on the scene, the Consone Quartet is dedicated to exploring Classical and Early Romantic repertoire on period instruments. They have just been appointed BBC New Generation Artists.
“This programme spans some of the earliest known quartet writing and some of the latest music currently in our repertoire as a period string quartet. Boccherini wrote around one hundred string quartets, many in just two movements, and peppered with curious markings such as soave, sotto voce and dolce. Robert Schumann is widely regarded as one of the greatest Romantic composers. His life was tragic – abandoning a career in law, his dream of becoming a concert pianist was cut short by a debilitating hand injury. After several suicide attempts, he was finally admitted to a mental asylum. He died two years later, at the age of 46. Schumann only wrote three quartets, and they were first performed for his wife, Clara, as a present on her 23rd birthday.” Consone Quartet
Winner of the 2016 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize, the quartet was also awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, including a place on the ‘EEEmerging’ Emerging European Ensembles Scheme associated with the Ambronay Festival in France and six other early music festivals across Europe. In 2018, the Quartet was selected to become a Concordia Foundation Artist.
Recent highlights include an acclaimed debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, performances at Cadogan Hall, St James’s Piccadilly, the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, and at the Cheltenham, Brighton Early Music, Lake District Summer Music, Buxton and King’s Lynn Festivals, as well as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Consone Quartet is rapidly gaining international recognition performing in France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, and last year they completed their debut tour to South America performing across Bolivia and Peru.
The Consone Quartet’s debut CD, featuring music by Haydn and Mendelssohn, was released on the Ambronay Label in October 2018. The disc was met with great critical acclaim and was labelled by The Strad as a debut disc, “that instantly leaps out of the stereo at you as something special”.
The ensemble regularly collaborates with other musicians, such as the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, members of the Hanover Band, Mahan Esfahani, Gillian Keith, Jane Booth, Ashley Solomon, and Colin Lawson, and look forward to working with harpsichordist Justin Taylor for a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at LSO St. Luke’s in January 2020.