Consone Quartet

NCEM hosts the Consone Quartet as part of their Creative Europe project

The National Centre for Early Music in York – one of eight partner organisations involved in a four-year Cooperation Project supported by Creative Europe designed to develop young ensembles – welcomes the Consone Quartet back to Yorkshire. Winners of the European Union Baroque Orchestra prize at the York Early Music Festival’s International Young Artists Competition in July last year, and this year’s winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Strings/Keyboard Ensemble Prize, the quartet gives the opening concert in the 2016 Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival on 27 May as well as taking a key role in a number of creative learning partnerships.  

Highlights of the Consone Quartet’s residency at the NCEM include two innovative educational projects, working with primary schools to create an opera based on Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, as well as performing to pupils and reaching out to online audiences of students in rurally isolated schools across England. In preparation for the schools' broadcast, the quartet receives coaching from the NYMAZ Connect:Resound team and an education specialist from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in order to learn about how to adapt their performances for different age groups and for an online audience. 

Delma Tomlin MBE, Director of the NCEM, says: “We are delighted to welcome the Consone Quartet back to Yorkshire and hope that they will both enjoy and benefit from the wide variety of excellent training and concert experiences on offer to them throughout their stay with us.”

The EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles project is a large-scale European cooperation project promoting the emergence of new talent in early music led by the Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay, France. During the project, the NCEM is hosting six residencies in York between 2015 and 2018. The first residency with the ensemble Les Contre-Sujets from Paris took place just before the 2015 Christmas Festival, and the Goldfinch Ensemble from The Hague are in residence in December 2016.

Photo: Consone Quartet