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The Prince Consort

The Prince Consort

The Prince Consort is fast emerging as a fresh, exciting and versatile ensemble. Their performances are characterised by wide-ranging programmes and polished presentation, which showcase different combinations of voice and piano, from solos to small groups in piano-accompanied song. 



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Founded by British pianist Alisdair Hogarth, The Prince Consort is a versatile ensemble that presents wide-ranging programmes for different combinations of voice and piano.  The six founding members of The Prince Consort met whilst studying at the Royal College of Music (located on Prince Consort Road, behind the Royal Albert Hall) in London.  Following its debut in the Fresh series at the Southbank Centre in London - performing two of Britten's canticles along with songs and duets by Strauss, Schubert and Schumann at the Purcell Room - The Prince Consort hit the musical headlines when a recital was auctioned for charity for £14,000.

Soprano Anna Leese has appeared in leading roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, including Musetta (La bohème) and Micaëla (Carmen), and at the Last Night of the Proms in 2008; she recently sang the role of Antonia (Les contes d'Hoffmann) in Cologne. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston has sung at the Salzburg and Aix-en- Provence festivals and with Scottish Opera in roles including Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly); recent appearances include an Aldeburgh Festival recital with Malcolm Martineau which was broadcasted on BBC Radio 3. Countertenor Tim Mead made his Royal Opera debut in the world premiere of Birtwistle's The Minotaur and his Glyndebourne debut in the title role of Handel's Giulio Cesare. Tenor Andrew Staples won the song prizes at both the Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Awards in 2005 and has appeared as a soloist at the Royal Opera House and with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Simon Rattle. Baritone Jacques Imbrailo won the Audience Prize at Cardiff Singer of the World in 2007 and has made many appearances at the Royal Opera House; he recently sang the title role in Billy Budd at the opening of the 2010 Glyndebourne Festival. Pianist Alisdair Hogarth regularly partners with many of his generation's finest singers; he made his concerto debut at the age of 15 and has appeared in a number of films including The Young Victoria (co-produced by Martin Scorsese) and The Duchess, and recently toured Korea with Barbara Bonney.

Recent performances of The Prince Consort have included Brahms's Liebeslieder with Graham Johnson at the Wigmore Hall and the European premiere of Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen at the Oxford Lieder Festival, as well as recitals and several residencies in Aldeburgh and appearances on BBC Radio 3's In Tune and The Choir.  Their first album, On an Echoing Road (songs by Ned Rorem), was released last year on Linn Records and was Gramophone's Editor's Choice and won an International Record Review Outstanding Award. In 2010 the group returned to Wigmore Hall for a recital that included a world premiere of a setting of Shakespeare's Sonnet 144 composed for them by Ned Rorem. Forthcoming seasons include appearances at Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh, The Southbank Centre and many of the major international festivals. They were named in The Observer's Best Classical Music of 2010.


For further information - www.theprinceconsort.com
Interview with The Prince Consort's Jennifer Johnston
30 September 2011
Jennifer Johnston is one of BBC Music Magazine's Rising Stars
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The Prince Consort Featured in Gramophone
20 May 2011
Behind the scenes with The Prince Consort and Stephen Hough
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The Prince Consort Featured in Classical Music Magazine
26 February 2011
A discussion of their upcoming album Other Love Songs
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Prince Consort on BBC Radio 3's 'The Choir'
14 January 2010
Aled Jones talks to the ensemble...
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Gramophone Editor's Choice
11 January 2010
for the Prince Consort
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Rorem and Purcell to feature on CD Review
20 November 2009
Andrew McGregor discusses two new Linn releases...
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THEABSOLUTESOUND.COM
'young and fresh-sounding.'
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The Observer
'...the whole coming to a glorious conclusion in the final Neue Liebeslieder quartet, as fragrant and luxuriant as a rose in full bloom.'
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Gloucestershire Echo
'Astounding with a powerful performance...'
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The Times
Contemporary composers credit a new generation of fearless singers with firing a boom in song cycles.
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Pizzicato
5 Stars
5 stars from Pizzicato!
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American Record Guide
'Everything, though, is competently done; and it is a pleasure to hear that Hough, already one of our best pianists, is a composer to be reckoned with'.
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Gramophone
'...these fresh and direct performances have much to commend them.'
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Classic FM Magazine
5 Stars
'...top-drawer performances... outstanding release...'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'...finely judged, delightfully youthful performances...'
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Klassik.com
'The sound is focused, clear, vivid and the balanced vocal and instrumental parts are very successful.' (translated from German)
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International Record Review
'They are throughout crisp, fresh, speedy, intelligent, well recorded, with good German...'
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MusicWeb International
'...an attractive, fun and well executed album...'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'The Prince performs perfectly in these works...'
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Radio New Zealand
'This is a highly accomplished group...'
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Nottingham Post
4 Stars
"...vividly presented by Alisdair Hogarth and the five voices of his Consort."
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theartsdesk.com
'...experience goosebumps of delight...'
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allmusic.com
'...a choice worth considering...'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'...sharply defined point making and the scintillating edge the members of the Prince Consort impart to their vision of Brahms.'
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The Guardian
'...such fresh-toned performances by the five singers of the Prince Consort...'
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The Observer
"...original and beguiling, the performances first rate."
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Somewhere Boy
'For all of these multifarious influences, Other Love Songs feels remarkably unified...'
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musicOMH
5 Stars
"Other Love Songs is a thrilling addition to its genre...I heartily recommend it."
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
"A marvellous disc...This release can't be too highly recommended on any account."
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Words and Music
'...light, frothy performances; they make the sung waltz sound the latest craze.'
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
'...the personable voices of The Prince Consort...'
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The Lebrecht Report
4 Stars
'...rather wonderful...'
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musicOMH
'As close to an ideal performance of the two Brahms sets as I can imagine.'
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Classical Music Magazine
"The Prince Consort is anything but average - innovative programming and first-class performances mark it out as one of the most distinctive presences on today's concert scene."
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ClassicsToday.com
4 Stars
"...this is a highly enjoyable hour of listening. Recommended."
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MusicOMH (Live)
5 Stars
"I bought the Prince Consort's CD immediately after the concert, and I heartily urge you all to do the same."
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
"This is a brilliant debut from a wonderfully exciting young British group of singers (and a pianist)."
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classicalsource.com
"This recital offered a feast of excellent singing..."
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MusicWeb International (Live)
"...a quite beautiful performance..."
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MusicWeb International
"...if you want a single-disc introduction to this very fine and important composer of songs you can't do better than this disc by this fine ensemble."
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International Record Review
IRR Outstanding: "...a model of how these songs should be sung."
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muszeroldal.hu
"...ezen a szép lemezen a Prince Consort tagjai..."
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
"...an outstanding recording..."
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Classical Music Magazine
4 Stars
"Each hearing exposes new depths in this eclectic array of verse settings."
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice: "...this is a most attractive disc."
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
"[It] takes it place among the best Rorem song discs ever assembled...purchase absolutely required!"
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Ionarts
"[A] particularly smooth delight"
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www.classicalsource.com
"...revelatory, devotedly sung and played, and altogether special."
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BBC Radio 3 - CD Review
"...such a delight."
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The Guardian
4 Stars
"The performances catch every drop of that naturalness...it crystallises its essence perfectly."
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The Times
"four gifted vocalists...worked much magic"
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The Guardian - Live
4 Stars
The outstanding singers of the Prince Consort caught the sense of accumulating weight of experience perfectly
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