Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2023

The Consone Quartet

Thursday 27 July, 7.30pm

Queens’ College Chapel

(By kind permission of the President and Fellows of Queens’ College)

Agata Daraškaitė violin
Magdalena Loth-Hill violin
Elitsa Bogdanova viola
George Ross

Francesca Gilbert viola

Jean Sibelius Andante Festivo
Robert Schumann String Quartet in A major, Op. 41, No. 3
W.A. Mozart String Quintet in E-flat major

The first period instrument string quartet to be selected as BBC New Generation Artists, the Consone Quartet are fast making a name for themselves with their honest and expressive interpretations of classical and romantic repertoire. In 2016 they were awarded the Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize. Their debut recording in 2019 was described by The Strad as an album “that instantly leaps out of the stereo at you as something special”.

Their programme for the Festival opens with Sibelius’ Andante Festivo. Its slow tempo, changes in dynamics and recurring melody makes this one of his most memorable works.

Schumann’s Quartet in A major offers the kind of intensely expressive music you might expect given it was composed soon after his marriage to his beloved Clara.

For Mozart’s String Quintet in E-flat major, the Consone are joined by viola player Francesca Gilbert. It ranges from an almost bucolic style (the violas imitate hunting horns at the outset) to a natural Mozartian grace and refinement.

Generously supported by the Cavatina Trust 

Tickets: £26 plus booking fee
(8-25 years free)

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