Consortium5 are a unique and ground-breaking ensemble, performing a wide variety of music on a breathtaking array of instruments. Winners of numerous awards and residencies, Consortium5 have performed critically acclaimed concerts in many inspiring venues and Festivals, including the Newbury Spring Festival, the Spitalfields Festival, The Purcell Room, Kings Place, the Leeds International Concert Series, Windsor Castle, the York Spring Festival, The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, Bury St Edmunds Festival and The Newcastle Festival of Early Music. Notable milestones for Consortium5 include a Fellowship at Trinity College of Music, Park Lane Young Artists 2009 and a debut album on the Nonclassical Label in 2011. Consortium5 were resident on the Live Music Now scheme for several years, performing numerous concerts in community settings, particularly hospitals and special schools. They have maintained a special relationship with educational performance, including family concerts and school concerts, where they have performed to over 7000 children in London.
The freedom of performance in new or unusual settings remains an inspiration to Consortium5, who continue their quest to make music in new ways, collaborating with composers, exploring new performance venues for ancient works, and experimenting with multimedia art, electronics and staged performances. Creating new music, and the innovative and intelligent performance of old music remains a central focus for Consortium5, who enjoy working closely with composers throughout the composition process. They are particularly interested in the bridges that these compositions build; new consorts from the archaic consort form, new works for ancient instruments, a contemporary dimension to the recorder that concentrates without compromise on both its simplicity and its myriad possibilities.
Recent projects include a multimedia project REPLICA with new music and electronics by Edward Jessen for Consortium5, Peyee Chen, (soprano) and John Potter (tenor), premiered at the Spitalfields Festival 2013, and a performance in The Wilding Festival , commemorating the100th anniversary of the death of suffragette Emily Wilding, with multiple new commissions from composers including Roxanna Panufnik and Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian.
Forthcoming events include a launch of our CD of English Renaissance music on the Resonus Classics label in June 2015, a tour and commission in 2016 to celebrate our tenth anniversary and continuing projects with Nonclassical.