Web site: http://www.consortium5.com
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Consortium5 are a vibrant and exciting young recorder quintet. Formed in 2005 when Kathryn Corrigan, Inga Maria Klaucke, Oonagh Lee, Gail Macleod and Roselyn Maynard were students at the Royal Academy of Music, they have since established themselves as one of the foremost recorder consorts of their generation and an ensemble of unique appeal to a wide range of audiences.
In 2006 they were awarded the prestigious Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award for performance and in 2007 they were finalists in the Early Music Network Young Artists Competition. The ensemble appeared on both national television and radio, with a special broadcast on Radio 3's In Tune programme in October 2007.
They have performed in numerous venues to critical acclaim, including the York Early Music Festival, the Tilford Bach Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Cambridge Early Music Summer School Concert Series, the National Portrait Gallery, Handel House and St Martin in the Fields, London, the Newcastle Early Music Festival and venues in Scotland and Germany.
Over the next months, Consortium5 will be giving concerts at festivals in Totnes and Balerno as well as the Greenwich International Festival of Early Music.
Further engagements include The Nave, London, and the Barber Institute, Birmingham.
In January 2009, the quintet will be featured in the Park Lane Group’s prestigious Young Artists New Year series at the Southbank Centre.
Their eclectic concert schedule is complemented by an equally strong commitment to community work and education: Consortium5 are resident on the ‘Music in Hospitals’ and ‘Live Music Now’ schemes and regularly tour schools, raising the profile of the recorder with young audiences in engaging demonstration concerts.
Presenting a wide range of repertoire from medieval to renaissance, baroque and contemporary music on a staggering array of instruments, they also see their essential role in continuing the development of quintet repertoire by closely collaborating with composers.
Since their first commission in 2007, this year Consortium5 have premiered works written for them at the British Conservatoires Composers Forum in Glasgow and at concerts in London. Currently Junior Fellows at Trinity College of Music, they have also initiated an inspiring cooperation with composers there, commissioning works using a range of contemporary techniques and styles to explore new sound-worlds on the variety of instruments they play, including a full Renaissance consort alongside baroque and modern models.